Visit to Nagavalli to see the Slender Loris, 050414

April 8, 2014

Gopal called me and asked if I’d like to go to Nagavalli village, in Tumkur District, where there is a colony of

Slender Lorises .

So off I went, though I had just returned from Hoskote lake!

As I got into the bus to join Gopal and friends, I saw this beautiful piece of artwork on the window!


Here's one cyclist, getting a free, if illegal, ride: DSC01716 free ride,  hoskote outing, 050414 We lost our way and reached Guleharavi, with this beautiful temple: DSC01734 temple,  hoskote outing, 050414 The region is so beautiful, with plenty of trees: DSC01744 We stopped at Nagavalli village: DSC01748 At the High School, a sign about the Slender Loris was put up: DSC01746 We had pAni pUri and masAl pUri at this pushcart: DSC01750 Mr Gundappa, affectionately known as "Gundappa Master" (he is a teacher in the High School) came and met us. DSC01752 He led the way to the place where the Slender Loris could be found. DSC01755 This villager looked at us curiously, as we passed: DSC01757 Here's Gundappa Master with us: DSC01763 We had arrived too early, and had to wait until dusk. Here we are: Davis, Gopal, Gundappa Master, Samrat and Tharangini: DSC01770 The area was beautiful and I walked along the road: DSC01772 Gundappa Master had a word or two with the villagers as they passed, including this man bringing his cattle green fodder: DSC01782 Meanwhile, I was looking at the birds, and got this ORIENTAL MAGPIE ROBIN: DSC01787 In one field, a scarecrow guarded the crops: DSC01826 The sun sank westwards: DSC01790 It was gO dhUli lagna...the "hour of cowdust"..when the grazing cattle are brought home: DSC01802 As I walked further, I found a farmer setting fire to the area along the road: DSC01820 He told me that he was burning Lantana bushes: DSC01821 The sun and the fire made a good counterpoint: DSC01825 I was a little intrigued about why Lantana bushes should be set fire to at this time, but did not ask further. DSC01829 The sun set, shimmering in the heat waves from the fire: DSC01834 It seemed the whole sky was aflame: DSC01839 Manu, one of Gundappa Master's assistants, brought us fresh cucumbers to crunch on! DSC01843 Meanwhile, Samrat entertained us with various amazing wildlife videos on his mobile: DSC01845 We began the walk into the fields to try and sight the "kAdupApA" as it is known locally: DSC01847 A half-moon shone overhead, along with the first few stars: DSC01848 We followed Gundappa Master as he went around, looking for the elusive mammals: DSC01878 We did manage to find two, but the shy creatures immediately retreated into the foliage, so photography was just not possible. We decided not to disturb them too much, and ended the trip into the fields. On our way back, we saw this Russell's Viper disappearing into the bushes: DSC01898 This brick cottage looked beautiful in the dim moonlight: DSC01901

We were happy with our sightings of the kAdupApA (baby of the forest), but decided that trying to see them was certainly causing them some disturbance and distress. So another trip is not likely!

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for my first visit to Nagavalli, on Oct 12, 2007, when I got a shot of this beautiful creature:

Kadupapa in the bushes 121007

For more photos of the evening,

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for my FaceBook album.

Gundappa master says that the group has increased in numbers. I will be talking to Ameen Ahmed,of Wildlife And Nature Conservation (WANC) and will find out the facts of this conservation effort.