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10 September 2006 @ 10:22 pm
Back into the Indian Wilderness...  
It's been a good five months away from the Indian jungles and a trip to Bandipur was just what was needed to kick start my wild life all over again.




Gopalswamy betta (~1400 meters) - the highest point in Bandipur National Park.




A beautiful bull elephant in peak of musth.





This trip was much different from the other trips in the sense that I saw how stupid men can be (I had only heard of them before). Just after the sun had set, we saw an idiot park his car on the main road and walk a good fifty meters towards a wild elephant grazing by the road. The wind was favourable to him and the elephant did not know of his presence and before the wind gods decided to change direction, we arrived on the scene and chased that fool away from the elephant. Just a kilometer later, there were another bunch of idiots sitting beside the road making omelette! No wonder so many people get killed by elephants on the highway then...

More pictures and stories will follow in the coming days when I get some time.


 
 
 
kejnkejn on September 10th, 2006 05:46 pm (UTC)
lovely pictures!
they look so huggable, those elephants. but i guess they're not. and they don't like omelettes either, eh? ;-)
ajat: Andre Nelajat on September 11th, 2006 01:15 am (UTC)
Well, they like being hugged. But maybe not this one ...
Yathinyathin on September 11th, 2006 04:21 am (UTC)
> and they don't like omelettes either, eh?

They are strict vegetarians! ;)
depontideponti on September 10th, 2006 07:17 pm (UTC)
I think asakiyume would love the "sky ocean" in the photograph...for me it's a vivid reminder of my visit. What a beautiful forest area Bandipur is!
shruthi_dipalishruthi_dipali on September 10th, 2006 09:47 pm (UTC)
http://static.flickr.com/22/36474115_5bb4ebf42c.jpg

here is a pic that I took at the same place.. and so ladies and gentlemen.. presenting "the difference".. :P ok..not so funny I guess.. :)
ajat: Andre Nelajat on September 11th, 2006 01:14 am (UTC)
Wow ! What a lovely seasonal shift. Thanks.

:)
depontideponti on September 12th, 2006 05:42 am (UTC)
that was also a lovely snap...enjoyed seeing that!
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ajat: Andre Nelajat on September 11th, 2006 01:13 am (UTC)
Wow ! Quite a young fellow, that one, I think.

:)

I don't think they like the smell of frying much ... Come to it, neither do I ...
Just A Little Somethinganitab on September 11th, 2006 04:18 am (UTC)
elephants...
gopalswamy betta is indeed a beautiful place. and elephants are such gorgeous creatures. and oh, some people are really stupid, i agree. i remember going on the safari through the forest and this gang of about 5 men were making so much noise that they must have collectively scared all the animals back to their hiding places. not that i liked the safari either. the vehicle itself about 50 years old and rattled like a bag of bones.
Vinit Bhansalivinit on September 11th, 2006 03:48 pm (UTC)
Question ... obviously from someone who hasn't gone on any self-driven excursions into Indian jungles ... if those guys who left the car and walked towards the elephants were doing it wrong ... whats the right way to do it?
I mean, you take all these photos, right? Do you do it from within the car? on the roof? or take things like down-wind/up-wind into consideration ... would be good to know if I decide to go on one of these trips ...
Yathinyathin on September 11th, 2006 05:24 pm (UTC)
> whats the right way to do it?

Never get too close. Never get off the car. If the elephant charges run/drive away.

Most of my pictures have been from an open top jeep. Elephants think jeeps are not a threat but a man on foot is and hence it's safe to be in one. But sometimes they do charge at jeeps.

While walking in jungles, we always have some experienced guide/tribal with us who can watch and predict animal behaviours.
Vinit Bhansalivinit on September 11th, 2006 05:32 pm (UTC)
Pretty helpful information.

So you drive away and pray the elephant stops charging/gets tired?
Yathinyathin on September 11th, 2006 05:56 pm (UTC)
> So you drive away and pray the elephant stops charging/gets tired?

When elephants charge, they rarely want to kill. They just want you away from there and most will be happy to take a few steps and chase us away. :)
oh, kathyohkathy on September 11th, 2006 08:26 pm (UTC)
interesting. didnt know that about elephants. taking note.
Yathinyathin on September 13th, 2006 05:06 am (UTC)
Most of these elephant countries are very close to Mysore btw! :)
oh, kathyohkathy on September 14th, 2006 05:17 pm (UTC)
yes my friend who has part time "residency" in mysore told me about elephants. in sri lanka she visited a elephant orphange...told me about mysore's elephants flaunted for money...
Yathinyathin on September 14th, 2006 09:45 pm (UTC)
> told me about mysore's elephants flaunted for money...

Yeah, there are quite a few domestic ones, but the places to find wild ones is not far away from Mysore. :)
oh, kathyohkathy on September 14th, 2006 09:53 pm (UTC)
ahhhhh! haaaaa! where are the wild ones?
Yathinyathin on September 14th, 2006 09:58 pm (UTC)
About 70 km away - Bandipur, Kabini, Nagarhole and BR Hills - all have good number of elephants.
oh, kathyohkathy on September 15th, 2006 07:37 pm (UTC)
thank you for the info...
Nithya Babainithya on September 11th, 2006 09:30 pm (UTC)
hey dude..
let me know when you are coming back here next time..
need some help from you
kejnkejn on September 13th, 2006 04:54 am (UTC)
Yathinyathin on September 13th, 2006 05:05 am (UTC)
Of course... :)

This had been known since April of this year, when it was suspected to be a new species and all of us (in India birds mailing lists) were really excited about it. It apparently got confirmed of the species status recently.