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

SOUTHERN BIRDWING

the largest butterfly in India....


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







A

DANAID EGGFLY

posed for us....

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A

MALABAR RAVEN

did not pose, I had to keep running behind it and track it down!


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Shreeram and I were lucky to see this

BLUE MORMON

at rest:


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Later, all of us saw several

GRASS YELLOWS

mating:


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For a little while, we watched this

SPIDER WASP

hard at work, beginning to make her nest in the ground, where she would later bring prey that she would stun and lay her eggs on, as I have

documented here



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And here's one example of what could be prey at one time, and predator (right now, deep in that hole in the tree trunk, it is sitting on several slugs which, presumably, it's going to be feeding on)....the

YELLOW-THIGHED TARANTULA:


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Mammals included the lovely, lithe

BLACK-FOOTED LANGUR:


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and

WILD BOAR:

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some beautiful, orange

MUSHROOMS

caught our eye on safari:


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For most of the time I was there, I could see only half a


LEOPARD:

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But the TIGER that was saw, though clearly visible in the undergrowth, could not be photographed because of very low light...though Shreeram took a shot on his Canon 7D at ISO 6400....that my old 20D can never achieve!



It was lovely to see the

SILK COTTON

bursting out of the pods of the Bombax trees:

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This

AMORPHOPHYLLUS YAM fruiting body

provided a burst of colour:


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


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The Southern Birdwing mus be the size of a bird! It mesmerized me in teh video.

I don't think I'd be capable of getting close enough to either the wasp or the tarantula to take their portraits. I have a bit of a phobia about such "bitey" things, though I'd be out chasing the butterflies with you.
:)

And even half a leopard is more than I've ever seen in the wild!

Yes...the Southern Birdwing IS a laaarge butterly!

Actually, half a leopard is what I photographed...I've always been able to SEE the tigers or leopard whole and entire :)

great pictures!
how common is it to see leopards there?

Nice! Really looking forward to the trip now! Only hope I get to see all these great sights too!

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