The Love Song

Imagine a wedding proposal by a groom with a loud monotonic message of love, would she accept him? Yes, if he was a Cicada! He has crawled out of his gown from the last nymphood and stood up on the dais of a tree trunk for his once-in-a-lifetime event. This event is timed particularly in … Continue reading The Love Song

The Heist

As the summer Sun warms the land it defoliates trees and triggers them to flower. And this colorful and fragrant drinking fest attracts millions from beetles to butterflies and Starlings to Giant Squirrels, most of the entrepreneurship is taken by bees. Rock bees swarm looking for ridges, tall trees, steep and high rocks to hive. They … Continue reading The Heist

The Dairy Project

There was a herd of cattle reared on a stalk of grass, yes you read it right; on a single stalk of grass and two herdsmen were tending milk on the go. Dairying has been known to mankind much before civilization but we are talking about the dairying which began even before mankind evolved! Ants … Continue reading The Dairy Project

The Chase

There are days in a jungle that only promise tracks of several animals; recent ones to couple of days older. On such days a sighting of an occasional Sambar or a sprinting Nilgai extracts an admiration which it deserved for the whole season. Their adaptations and muscles in winter-coat would match Hercules on that day, … Continue reading The Chase

The Bar-headed Geese

I've been over Sagarmāthā, winked at wall of death. Aerial fights with Golden Eagle, anon the Indian breath. I've raised six Tibetan goslings, in their mountain lakes. Our Gander honked to meadows South, along with other drakes. Bird watchers count the bars on head, divide the total by two. Some are wedded by the rings, … Continue reading The Bar-headed Geese

A Dog’s Day

We had been wading for an hour on a trail that passes through a Dhole pack’s home range, and just then a vehicle trotted bringing news about the dogs around. I checked with Giovanna and Alfredo if they would be okay to go off the forest-roads and look for the Dholes and for Manan it … Continue reading A Dog’s Day

The Moth talks

On the super-moon 2016, after watching the most spectacular moonrise on River Denwa in Satpura, Bejoy and I walked under the moonlit skies that poured whiteness onto forested pathway and the sight was euphoric. We walked past some overgrowth of lantana and heard clicking sounds in the air around a bush, the sound was like … Continue reading The Moth talks

Home Decor

Bower birds of Austro-Papuan region are indeed one of the most spectacular birds in the world, who pick objects of same hue to decorate them around their nests to woo their mate. It must be a task to range distances and have an analytical and reasoning skill to differentiate the colors, sizes and shapes of objects. … Continue reading Home Decor

The Dung King

What goes around comes around. A Gaur had grazed grass along River Denwa meadows, early noon it had browsed a few shrubs before rest, later it nibbled a few Indian Ebony fruits in the evening and decided to spend the night near the grasslands where elephant rides take place. Here it spat a pile of … Continue reading The Dung King

Ghost with the rose

In June Daria flew from Moscow to Nairobi, in few hours she prepared things to do list, one that topped was Masai Mara. In the vast stretches of Masai plains where the horizon merges into hills of Tanzania, a stream cut through greened by trees and on one of these trees lazed a leopard whom … Continue reading Ghost with the rose