or the Southern Birdwing?
Well, anyway...the larger creatures of Kabini come in an astonishing variety of sizes and shapes, too. I think the one mammal that everyone goes to Kabini to see is the
(not much chance of seeing an African one here, I must add)
These majestic animals can be found in herds, especially on the banks of the backwaters:
Here's another magnificient tusker:
Of course, it's several people's ultimate dream to be able to sight a big cat. On the first safari, we got a sighting of an
rather far away in the forest:
It stayed there until we saw it again on our way back from the safari, and then slowly moved off:
Several jeeps were able to get a glimpse of the animal:
More shots of our second leopard sighting, which was far closer, are
One of the animals that acts as a "Early Warning System" of the forest, giving alarm calls at the nearness of any big cat, is the
...here are two, at a salt lick; you can see one actually licking!
It was great watching this one actually bringing a figure of speech to life..."showing a clean pair of heels" is to run away...and that's exactly what this one is doing!
Several times, we spotted the
MALABAR GIANT SQUIRREL
in the canopy...can you spot it in this distant shot?
is a variety of deer which has a glandular secretion in its neck:
Here'e another one. a young male showing the antler buds:
or wild bison, are also seen in both the jungle and the river banks:
Here's a young one, taken as our jeep lurched forward over rough terrain:
And an adult, reaching up to the leaves to feed:
When near the backwaters, it was lovely to watch many animals at once, in such mixed groups:
A particularly lovely sighting for me, this time, was being able to watch a
SMOOTH-COATED (RIVER) OTTER
at work, catching its breakfast.
Here's the first sight of this streamlined animal:
Off into the water it went:
The meal was caught:
And devoured...watch those canines!
was one of the several that we were able to see:
A reptile which we all like to see from a safer distance than all the others, is the
and here's a large specimen, with a cormorant giving it company:
Of course, I cannot miss out the mammal that also tries to live in these forest areas; here are the people of the Kabini region, who try to make their livelihood and are in constant conflict with the wildlife:
I'll conclude with the only mammal that goes to considerable effort and expense to go and watch other creatures...the Wildlife Tourist!
I've posted about the people and places on the Kabini trip on my Facebook page
and more photographs of the mammals are
More photographs of the Otter are