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Planning a trip to Dudhwa National Park in December with 6 safaris. Could not find any online booking for safaris and there seem to be lots of websites which claim to book. Any information or tips regarding safaris, stay and local contacts will be most helpful.

Lokesh Dodla Dudhwa is very dense and hence lot of fog and mist will be present. Bird watching is fine however not very friendly conditions for photography.

about 4 hours

Shabnam Siddiqui Thanks Vineet. We are 3 people, trying to do 3 safaris in Pilbhit and 2 in Dudhwa.

about 4 hours

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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.
Antlers are bones composed of calcium and phosphorus which are grown and shed each year. The antlers grow onward from the skull through attachment points which are known as 'pedicles'. These pedicles are formed a couple of months from birth and provide the base for the antlers to grow. Velvet covers a growing antler, which supplies oxygen and nutrients to the growing bone. Once the antler achieves its full size, the velvet is lost and the antler's bone dies. These are the antlers at the mature stage, as seen in the picture. This coincides with increasing testosterone levels during rutting season. Once the rutting season is over, in response to decreasing testosterone, 'osteoclasts' erode the base of the antlers at their junction with the pedicle, eventually causing the antlers to simply fall off. Each year a larger and more branched set of antlers will develop. The entire process of growth and regrowth of antlers is quite demanding in terms of nutrition and hence is considered to be an indicator of good health.
Hope that helps.. do look into it more if interested and add if i missed anything!

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Arun James Good shot

26 days

Anish Hazra Beautiful!

3 days

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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.

3 months

Arun James Nice shot

3 months

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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

4 months

Mohit Srinivasan Good capture

3 months

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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!

4 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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