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The Passion-flowers

I had just been introduced to birdwatching. The new found hobby took me out on forays into the scarce wilderness on the outskirts of Bangalore. On one such outing, the morning had progressed and the bird activity had substantially reduced. As I was walking through the thorny shrubbery, I espied a white flower at a […]

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Recently, I spent some time in my garden. Everything was damp owing to the heavy rains that came down over the previous two days. While looking around, I noticed an ant carry something in its mandibles. I got curious and sat observing and photographing what transpired over the next half hour. It was during this […]

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Net-casting Spider

I am so used to staring into the large eyes of the jumping spiders. I thoroughly enjoy photographing them because of their eyes. They truly have the largest of spider eyes… or so I thought until recently. Here, I was at Agumbe staring into the eyes of a spider which at first instance reminded me […]

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Lantern flies

This was during early 1990s. I had recently acquired a new gadget – an SLR! It was still those days when one used slide film in the cameras and most amateurs shot with some amount of thrift. As part of my work, I was scheduled to travel to and stay at the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary […]

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I have said time and again – a stroll on the wild side often throws up surprises. Here I was, sitting in front of a very interesting spider web with admiration for the little genius. The web was very delicate and exquisitely crafted.   This was not the first time I had seen this kind […]

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About the same time three years ago, I wrote two blog posts. They were titled The Banana Plants and the Shortnosed Fruit Bats and The Mast Tree and the Tailed Jay. These essentially tried to introduce you to some of the denizens of my garden (read your immediate surroundings!). If you recollect, I had written […]

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Seed Dispersal

Many of you, who are reading this article, perhaps spend considerable time in the outdoors. How often have you at the end of the trip sat down and patiently removed various plant matter stuck to your clothes? Or even been irritated by inconspicuous things embedded in your outfit that poked every now and then? – […]

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Andaman Day Gecko

The moment it was decided that I was going to the Andamans, I set out to do my homework. In the process, one species that caught my attention was the Andaman Day Gecko. So much so that, from the moment I landed in Port Blair and was in the midst of some vegetation, I started […]

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Jumping Ant with prey

It has been over a decade since I was introduced to ants. Over the years, I have seen several ants, not knowing the name of the species and its natural history. Among the multitude of ants, one – the Jumping Ant Harpegnathos saltator – has caught my fancy time and again. I saw my first […]

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Horse-fly

A visit to a forest invariably throws up interesting things. This time it was in the form of little flies! These flies seemed to be all over the place. They were a minor irritant during the day time, particularly when in the outdoors. I found people constantly, in an animated fashion, waving their hands trying […]

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