May 28th, 2007



The sightings of our trip to Bandipur over the weekend were truly amazing, and this in spite of the fact that we missed BOTH a tiger AND a leopard by a matter of minutes..we arrived on the scene to see the people in other vehicles still staring into the forest!

Bandipur seems to be, to me, always a place where young life is nurtured. Some time ago I had posted about the gaur and their calves and the wild boars and their young ones. Well, this time I saw several young ones too...I will post a few photos at a time, but to me, this young spotted deer fawn symbolizes the innocence and beauty of Nature:

Spotted deer fawn Bandipur

And here's her mother, wouldn't want to separate them!

spotted deer mother

There she is, with her diet of greens which is what keeps her slender and so beautiful...

And if you want to know where all those babies come from, this is how it are two Jungle Babblers, babbling sweet nothings into each other's ears...

Babbling together

I almost felt like a voyeur, photographing those two!

Would you like to see the Pond Terrapin, the Monitor Lizard, the Elephant Baby and Mother, the Posing Gaur, the Myna cleaning the Sambhar, the Mongoose, the Crested Serpent Eagle, the Changeable Hawk Eagle, the Common Flameback Woodpecker......?

Ah, this space!

From the LJ of sid_sree

another Gem by Nida Fazli
main roya parades men bheega maa ka pyaar
dukh ne dukh se baat ki bin chiThThi bin taar

I cried in a foreign country and my mother's loving eyes became moist
Misery talked to misery without letters or telegraph

chota karake dekhiye jeevan kaa vistaar
aankhon bhar aakaash hai baahon bhar sansaar

Try and abridge the vastness of life
The sky is in the eyes, the world is in the hands

leke tan ke naap ko ghoome basti gaanv
har chaadar ke gher se baahar nikale paanv

Measured the body, went around the villages..
But the feet stuck out of every blanket

sabaki pooja ek si alag-alag har riit
masjid jaaye maulvi koyal gaaye giit

Worship is the same, rituals are different
The maulvi visits the mosque, the nightingale sings a song

pooja ghar men moorti meera ke sang shyaam
jisaki jitani chaakari utane usake daam

In the pooja room is the figurine of Meera with Krishna
One's value increases with one's company

saaton din bhagavaan ke kyaa mangal kyaa peer
jis din soe der tak bhooka rahe fakir

All the seven days are God's..why any day in particular?
Any day that he sleeps late, the mendicant remains hungry

achchhi sangat baiThakar sangi badale roop
jaise milakar aam se miithi ho gai dhoop

With good company, companions themselves change
The way the sunshine turns into sweetness when the mango ripens in it

sapna jharna neend ka jagii aankhen pyaas
paanaa khonaa khojanaa sanson ka itihaas

Slept and dreamt of the waterfall, woke up thirsty...
Attaining, losing, seraching...this is the history of every breath

chaahe geeta vaachiye ya padhiye quraan
mera tera pyaar hi har pustak ka Gyaan

One can read the Gita or the Quran
Every book talks only about love between you and me


We have many kinds of love in our culture, and Vaathsalyam is the love of a parent (particularly the mother) for the child.

Bandipur has always seemed to show me scenes of this vatsalyam more than any other wildlife sanctuary...

When we drove in to Tusker Trails, there was a snafu about our rooms, and while it was getting sorted out, the rain started pelting down too. We roamed around the property with our cameras, and I loved the sight of this mother cat with four identical kittens, one of whom she is licking over while the other suckles:

Cat mother and kittens Tusker Trails Bandipur u

Later, as we were on safari, we had the good fortune to have this mother and child cross our path:

Elephant mother and child

They both stopped at a fairly dry waterhole and the mother started vacuumming up the mud to throw on herself, while the calf suckled:

Elephant Mother and Calf Suckling

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Well, that was my mothers-and-babies post, and I thoroughly enjoyed all the time I wasted on making it! And I changed my userpic for this post because...that's MY bebby....