October 25th, 2010


Kabini....Rajiv Gandhi National Park 18 and 191010

When one goes to Kabini (we usually stay in the beautiful JLR resort), one goes into the

Rajiv Gandhi National Park.

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The forest area has its set of rules, and we, as naturalists, try to keep them:

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It's lovely to be part of a group where one is totally comfortable...

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Sighting and shooting is supplemented by lots of eating:

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There are sometimes surprises even in innocuous places. Shreeram is encouraging Radha to look into the tree-trunk hole...at a massive Tarantula (pic later) inside!

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Kunal is the Manager of the Kabini property, and was briefing us on sightings of birds on the campus and in the forest:

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The staff at Kabini are very courteous; here they are, after having signed in to take our safari jeep into the forest:

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We met Chandra Appanna, who's got himself the latest digiscope, and was using to get unimaginable zoom access to the fauna...here's the digiscope mounted on a tripod:

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The day we left for Kabini was Vijayadashami, and it was lovely to see this young boy's cycle all decorated and venerated:

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It was lovely to see the lush green of the paddy fields, and the haystacks:

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Kabini....a very beautiful tributary of the Kaveri!

Voice Transcription, sorry, West Chester Ocean....

I'd left a message on my daughter's voice mailbox that I enjoyed my birthday because of my friends.... I love my friends' company.

The voice transcription service converts all her phone messages into voice messages, and delivers the transcription to her email inbox.

It's always been hilarious to see what a mess they make...this time, the voice transcription email said I love my fence company!

I wanted to experiment, so I called back to say this:

" I am calling to find out what the voice transcription will make of this message."

and the voice transcription is this:

"I'm calling to find out what the West Chester Ocean. We make up this message."

I then left another message, saying, "Hi, I am leaving this message to see exactly what the voice transcription makes of this. I'll call you back later", she got this voice transcription message....

"I don't did know I am leaving this message to see exactly what wanted to know voice transcription mix up the message. I'll be you made me back. What the what makes it perfect but I had to call you on the status "

The voice transcription seems to actually CREATE words towards the end of the message!

A great source of entertainment, I must say!

Other creatures at Kabini....

We were lucky to sight a huge variety of creatures at Kabini...one of the most stunning being the


the largest butterfly in India....

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Here's the beauty, at work amongst the flowers of the Morning Glory:

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provided a burst of colour:

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What a marvellous variety of things there are to see, in the wild!