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Butterfly Trails: Of Yellows Tigers and Paris Peacocks


Image: Paris Peacock   And you thought your name's crazy! To most of us, the word butterfly triggers the image of a large, bright and beautiful looking insect. But in reality, a lot of butterflies are a dull brown or greyish-blue. I had never paid more than a cursory glance at...

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In search of a long lost frog


I have been interested in frogs for as long as I can remember. In fact during the monsoons, growing up in Mumbai city, I would spend every evening catching frogs in my backyard (the numbers soon dwindled after my building floor was concretized). Soon my interest in wildlife took me...

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Close Encounters with a big cat


We sat on a log by a trail, Shashank and me, incessantly scratching the tick bites we had acquired during our many wildlife surveys on coffee farms. The trail that we sat by passed through a Robusta plantation, and to our right, it perpendicularly met another trail that marked the...

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Seven minutes under a fig tree


“20 Grey-fronted Green Pigeons at 18 meters” cried Shashank, “and another 12 at 26 meters”. “Add five more of those at 60 meters and four White-cheeked Barbets on the same tree” said Omkar. And then the two of them start listing out a whole lot of bird species from Malabar...

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