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04 April 2006 @ 12:12 am
Kabini  
I've still not seen a leopard in the wild and I was hoping to catch a glimpse of it at Harsha's territory in Kabini. He had taken a snap of a resident leopard and there had been good sightings of them in the forests nearby so the time seemed appropriate to go there. So, Kalyan, Noella and I drove to Kabini on a Saturday morning and decided to stay there for a few days. The idea was to catch up with Harsha as well as (hopefully) get some good wildlife photographs. Kabini is a fantastic place and is very close to my heart for a variety of reasons and one of them is being able to see so many elephants. It's almost unimaginable that we see at least a hundred elephants are times along the back waters and that's a considerable population of elephants given their endangered status!

Anyways. We did not see a leopard or even a tiger, but we did see something interesting...




Kabini Landscape




Smooth-skinned Otter. First Glimpse. Good telephoto lens does help! :)



It decides to drop by for a closer look.


It's calls are still echoing in my ears. Wonderful animal this.




 
 
 
tracieprettyname on April 4th, 2006 03:29 am (UTC)
Oh, how beautiful!!

love,
tracie..xxx
occhidelfino: moiocchidelfino on April 4th, 2006 03:29 am (UTC)
that otter looks so cute......;D
shruthi_dipalishruthi_dipali on April 4th, 2006 03:29 am (UTC)
beautiful!!!
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Yathinyathin on April 4th, 2006 03:56 am (UTC)
And their calls are almost like young puppies actually!!
RJP: Wind-sweptromad on April 4th, 2006 03:51 am (UTC)
Very nice pictures - the barren, leafless trees look a bit eerie though! :)
Elephants pics?
And isn't Kabini also well-known/popular for river-rafting?
Yathinyathin on April 4th, 2006 03:58 am (UTC)
> Elephants pics?

Have some, but they are all at home. :(


> And isn't Kabini also well-known/popular for river-rafting?

Not really. There are crocs (massive ones too) in the forested areas! ;)

The resort we stayed at is some ten kilometers from the park and crocs don't frequent there and so they have kayaking. We did try that and it was amazing fun!!
(no subject) - deepsan on April 4th, 2006 04:55 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - yathin on April 5th, 2006 06:21 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Bhasker Hariharangromhellscream on April 4th, 2006 03:59 am (UTC)
sigh I so want to make a trip to kabini/bandipur and other sanctuaries>.
Yathinyathin on April 4th, 2006 04:13 am (UTC)
You better make a trip to them within 2 months then ... summer is the best time for kabini and bandipur.
kejnkejn on April 4th, 2006 04:13 am (UTC)
awwww! bravo!
Chandrahasa Reddy Nchandrahasa on April 4th, 2006 04:55 am (UTC)
The Otter looks really beautiful... Thanks for sharing
Suraj Kumarsunson on April 4th, 2006 05:07 am (UTC)
Excellent pic!
Jayseakaredpirk on April 4th, 2006 06:34 am (UTC)
cool!
mujib on April 4th, 2006 08:41 am (UTC)
What a wonderfully curious creature. Great shot.
ZuZusuzan_s on April 4th, 2006 08:59 am (UTC)
OOOOHHHH, how cute is that? GREAT photos.
Bhavanabhavanar on April 4th, 2006 10:43 am (UTC)
I love otters - they're so cute. And they eat floating on their backs, beating and breaking their food and all!
Yathinyathin on April 4th, 2006 10:52 am (UTC)
> And they eat floating on their backs, beating and breaking their food and all!


All otters do not do this. As far as I know it's the speciality of the one species of otters on the west coast of the US. And even that is a learned behaviour from it's parent.

(no subject) - bhavanar on April 4th, 2006 11:41 am (UTC) (Expand)
Premnath Kudvapremkudva on April 5th, 2006 12:16 am (UTC)
You are still in the US right;-)

Man I would have never expected an otter in Kabini!
Yathinyathin on April 5th, 2006 06:21 pm (UTC)
The Otters are from Kabini!! I went to Kabini one week before I left for the US! :)
(no subject) - premkudva on April 6th, 2006 12:19 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - yathin on May 2nd, 2006 05:36 pm (UTC) (Expand)
depontideponti on April 6th, 2006 06:50 am (UTC)
Lovely to see..
Thanks for the lovely close up of the otter! When we went to Kabini for the tiger census, we were fortunate to see a family of otters playing with a fish that they had caught. We realized that it was a rare sight(kaadupapa posted his last entry in his LJ about it, with good pics too.

We are planning to go to Kabini or BRT by the end of this month...will be calling kalyan before we finalize....hope we get to see the otters again if it's Kabini...and I wouldn't mind visiting Kyatha again if it is BRT!