April 12th, 2011

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The "Water" Buffalo, Kaziranga Western Range, 030411

The Asiatic Wild Buffalo, found is Assam, is the species from which all buffaloes here are descended...or related to. And we had one lovely scene in Assam, when the Wild Buffalo proved how it could easily become the Water Buffalo that we are used to everywhere, in our country!

As we drove past, we saw the buffalo wallowing in the water-hyacinth-choked water:

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He then rolled about....


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It takes quite a bit of feeling secure, for an animal in the wild, to roll up completely, exposing the tender, vulnerable underbelly, but that's what this animal did:


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And then he looked directly at us from far away, as if to ask, "Did you get all that?"

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Alas, by the time I switched on my video, the water show was over, and he just lay in the water until we left!

Here's a video of a small herd charging across the jeep path:




Delightful Kaziranga....
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High as a Kite....

...and that subject title is literally correct, as when I was taking these photographs, a Black Kite soared past on the thermals at eye level.


I went to conduct an interview yesterday, and from the 11th floor of the building (guess which one it is!) I took these shots of central Bangalore as it is today (or was, yesterday...maybe a couple more buildings have mushroomed!!)

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Prof Ramani of TTK says that he used to be able to see clear up to Nandi Hills!