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The antlers
I had been curious to understand more about the shedding of antlers. Had asked my naturalist and also looked into it more. Here is a broad level understanding. Following the rutting season, there is a drop in testosterone levels in bucks. This causes a weakening in the tissue at the base of the antlers (known as pedicles) to the point that the antlers just fall off. At other times, they can be knocked down when they rub their antlers against trees. Shedding of their antlers doesn't hurt the deer. Hope that helps.. do look into it more if interested and add if i missed anything!

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Ruddy shelduck / Brahminy duck,
Kosi Barrage (Outside JCNP) - If you are in Corbett for a few days, should definitely do a visit or two to this barrage which is in Ramnagar. You will be able to spot quite a few migratory birds during the winter.

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Gaurav Sinha Mahesh Khan is excellent for birds. Deodar and oak forest..forest rest house is really well maintained and only a few visitors as compared to some others.

24 days

Arun James Nice shot

21 days

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Ruddy shelduck / Brahminy duck
A common but extremely pretty migratory bird which spends the winter in India. It is thought that they pair up for life. Taken in the outskirts of Corbett.

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Crested serpent Eagle

Mohit Pandya Neat shot

about 2 months

Mohit Srinivasan Good capture

about 1 month

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Streak-throated Woodpecker (female)
Found this in the Durgadevi zone of JCNP. Males have red crowns whereas females have blackish crowns. Looks quite similar to Scaly-bellied woodpecker and can be quite confusing!

3 months

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This guy had just feasted on a kill. Bloated tummy, must have been looking forward to a nice nap. However, there were onlookers and the nap had to wait!

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Saw this Changeable hawk-eagle perched on a tree near the Vinayak Guest House

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