Kabini Mammals and Others 14 and 150511

May 26, 2011

The creatures of Kabini…well, the large ones are what I am talking about here (remember the yellow-thighed tarantula that I photographed in

this post

or the Southern Birdwing?

Well, anyway…the larger creatures of Kabini come in an astonishing variety of sizes and shapes, too. I think the one mammal that everyone goes to Kabini to see is the


(not much chance of seeing an African one here, I must add)

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These majestic animals can be found in herds, especially on the banks of the backwaters: elphnts bmbo 150511 Here's another magnificient tusker: tskr 150511 Of course, it's several people's ultimate dream to be able to sight a big cat. On the first safari, we got a sighting of an INDIAN LEOPARD rather far away in the forest: farwy lpd 140511 kbni It stayed there until we saw it again on our way back from the safari, and then slowly moved off: lpd mving off 140511 Several jeeps were able to get a glimpse of the animal: lpd 1 40511 More shots of our second leopard sighting, which was far closer, are here One of the animals that acts as a "Early Warning System" of the forest, giving alarm calls at the nearness of any big cat, is the HANUMAN LANGUR ...here are two, at a salt lick; you can see one actually licking! langur slt lck 140511 It was great watching this one actually bringing a figure of speech to life..."showing a clean pair of heels" is to run away...and that's exactly what this one is doing! langur 140511 Several times, we spotted the MALABAR GIANT SQUIRREL in the canopy...can you spot it in this distant shot? mlbr sqrl 140511 The SAMBAR is a variety of deer which has a glandular secretion in its neck: smbr 140511 Here'e another one. a young male showing the antler buds: sambar 150511 The GAUR or wild bison, are also seen in both the jungle and the river banks: gr 140511 Here's a young one, taken as our jeep lurched forward over rough terrain: juv gr 140511 kbni And an adult, reaching up to the leaves to feed: gr fding 140511 When near the backwaters, it was lovely to watch many animals at once, in such mixed groups: mixed grp 140511 A particularly lovely sighting for me, this time, was being able to watch a SMOOTH-COATED (RIVER) OTTER at work, catching its breakfast. Here's the first sight of this streamlined animal: otter first 150511 Off into the water it went: otter head 150511 The meal was caught: otter fish 150511 And devoured...watch those canines! otter fngs 150511 This WILD BOAR was one of the several that we were able to see: wld br 150511 A reptile which we all like to see from a safer distance than all the others, is the CROCODILE and here's a large specimen, with a cormorant giving it company: croc and cormorant 150511 Of course, I cannot miss out the mammal that also tries to live in these forest areas; here are the people of the Kabini region, who try to make their livelihood and are in constant conflict with the wildlife: pple kbni 150511

I’ll conclude with the only mammal that goes to considerable effort and expense to go and watch other creatures…the Wildlife Tourist!

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I’ve posted about the people and places on the Kabini trip on my Facebook page


and more photographs of the mammals are


More photographs of the Otter are