Friday, September 16, 2011

Fan-throated lizard - hunting

Was trying to get a fanning shot of Fan-throated lizard (Sitana ponticeriana), but got something even more interesting :)

Shame-faced crab (Calappa sp.)

Shame-faced crab (Calappa sp.)
They are called so because of the way they cover their face :)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Green Scarab Beetle

Hexagonal scales

Hexagonal scales: Hook-nosed sea snake

Wild dogs (Dholes) marking their territory

Wild dogs (Dholes) mark their territory by defecating and urinating. They generally defecate in small amounts which is spread over an area. In this video you can see both male and female are engaged in marking.

River Lapwing (Vanellus duvaucelii) at Bor dam

Saw a River Lapwing (Vanellus duvaucelii) at Bor dam with Dr. Tarique Sani, Swati Sani, Tarun Balpande, Rohit & Rohan Chakravarty. This is the first record of this bird from the Nagpur region.

Indian Bullfrog (Hoplobatrachus tigerinus)

Indian Bullfrog - blue vocal-sacs @ Mahadev Pahadi.

The second Karanth - Getty award

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Oriental Pratincole (Glareola maldivarum)

Sighted three Oriental Pratincoles (Glareola maldivarum)with Kaustubh, yesterday at Makardhokada. A lifer for for both of us :)
Here is a screen-shot from my modified HD video camera-trap.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Oriental Wolf Snake (Lycodon capucinus)

Oriental Wolf Snake (Lycodon capucinus)
Juvenile - Oriental Wolf Snake (Lycodon capucinus)

These are from south Andamans. The juveniles look very different from adults, but the colouration and patterns of juveniles darken as they grow.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Wild Dogs @ Bori Satpuda

Advait, Bicchu and I were looking for tiger scats in Bori-Satpuda. Driving in the lively forest soon brought us to a pond where we saw wild pigs munching happily on pieces of a sambar carcass. Suddenly, a pack of wild dogs appeared on the scene, looking unhappy at the scene they chased them away from the carcass - not an easy task, but the sambar was probably the dholes' kill. However, finally they managed to claim the carcass and settled down to enjoy their meal. It was amazing, watching these wild dogs feed. Watching animals conduct their day to day activities provides us an amazing glimpse into their lives; In the case of these dogs, some kept a sincere vigil as the rest of them ate. One can get an idea of the hierarchical system by observing their behaviour.