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Old 30th March 2016, 12:43   #16
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Excellent photologue nkrishnap. 5 days alone in the forests in no mean feat specially for us in the IT industry. You've made good use of the opportunity.

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A few birds, I am poor at naming them. If someone could name them I will be grateful.
The first one is a peacock. You're welcome. Glad to be of help.
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Excellent coverage, and brilliant pics.

Your love for the wildlife is evident, and not many realize that for proper wildlife experience you would surely need more than 2 days to get the hang of the whole thing. Wild Life should be enjoyed this way and not just getting pics of everything and packing your bags.

You were clever enough to make a solitary trip ! And your trip has paid off well !!
Thank you. Out of the 5 days, I spent quite a bit of time walking around the farm in the forests (of course with a person who knows the place). Most times I did not carry a camera at all. It was just the phone. The first pic of the spotted deer leftovers, we were not too far away from the Tiger, the pug marks were way too fresh, we may have been just a couple of mins apart in terms of the distance.

With wildlife, even 5 days is way too small a duration, but being in the corporate world it would be difficult to manage anything more. So i make repeated trips to ensure the continuity is not lost.

By the way, Nagarahole forest office side, there is a tigress with 3 cubs about 3 months old I believe. Had a word with the Forest office folks. Hopefully should track it down soon. Planning another trip end of April.

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Excellent photologue nkrishnap. 5 days alone in the forests in no mean feat specially for us in the IT industry. You've made good use of the opportunity.

The first one is a peacock. You're welcome. Glad to be of help.
Thank you. Identifying Peacock was too much of a help . You get a treat now.
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With wildlife, even 5 days is way too small a duration, but being in the corporate world it would be difficult to manage anything more. So i make repeated trips to ensure the continuity is not lost.
What would't I give to get 5 days at a stretch in any forest!! Bliss

Apart from the common birds, you have also spotted the Indian Vulture - a very endangered bird. Lucky you!!
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Plenty of sightings and awesome photographs.
Solo trips are always peaceful & rocking.
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Amazing Pics and Lucky to have these many sightings
I had some trips like this and was not lucky enough to see these many Animals
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A few birds, I am poor at naming them. If someone could name them I will be grateful.
The names of birds are in the listed order,

a. Peacock.
b. Darter
c. Magpie Robin
d. Indian Vulture
e. Indian Vulture
f. Indian Vulture.

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Drove from Thirunelly to Damankatte Check post via Balle. Reached the forest office around 3 pm. There was a small group of people waiting to go for safari there. Quickly bought the tickets and we were off for the safari by 3.30 pm.

After the safari drove to Mysore to stay for the night, reason, to do a morning safari at Kabini again.
Very nice travelogue, thanks for sharing.

Where is this Damankate forest office? Is it near Kabini JLR?

After reading your travelogue I am tempted to do a quick trip.
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Very nice travelogue, thanks for sharing.

Where is this Damankate forest office? Is it near Kabini JLR?

After reading your travelogue I am tempted to do a quick trip.
The forest office is just a few meters further to the Arch (Rajiv Gandhi National Park) near Antharsanthe

Google link here - https://goo.gl/maps/QS2Rc42Ek8n
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Thank you. I will narrate the experience with one of the elephants while on trek in a new post.
Excellent travelogue. Planning to do a quick day trip to Damankatte check post over the weekend.

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Excellent travelogue. Planning to do a quick day trip to Damankatte check post over the weekend.
Dont bother going over the weekend. Firstly you will have to buy the tickets the previous day for the safari and secondly it will be very crowded and safari duration will be 75 mins only. Go on weekdays to have 2.5 to 3 hours safari. Weekends too much crowd and bearing the traffic on Bangalore - Mysore road is another pain.
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Great pics, looking at the list, i believe luck was on your lap,

I tried identifying the names and given below in order

Indian peafowl
Darter AKA snake bird
white browed wagtail
oriental white backed vulture - Critically endangered , lucky you !!
Serpent eagle
white bellied woodpecker
Bhraminy kite
likely to black stork juvenile (not sure though)
Indian roller AKA Blue Jay
White throated kingfisher

PS: Visiting forests for 11 continuous years (not frequently though) i haven't spotted any big cats yet !!
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Thank you nkrishnap for the excellent photologue. Great photos and nice presentation. Does the Damankatte safari have any timings? Is any online booking available? You have mentioned about gypsy safari. Do we have to do any special booking for that?
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My 3000th Post. Quite happy that it is for reporting something about wildlife.

I did another trip to Kabini in April 2016. Nothing much to write, so just the pics.

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Excellent pictures nkrishnap! Lucky guy to spot big cats every time

Hello Bhpians,

I am planning a visit to Nagarhole with my family in the month of July (and my friend planning to go there in a couple of days with his family) with the hope and strong desire to see more wild life especially wild cats. expecting suggestions/recommendations from you all on the following:
1) Route from chennai (when i search nagarhole, google map says no recommendations found)
2) decent and safe place of accommodation in the range of 2500-3000 Rs per day. If you think i will not get a decent and 200% safe accommodation in range of 3000 rs, then in that case i am fine in settling in for an accommodation at a higher price. please suggest options.
3) places of sight seeing in and around nagarhole(i believe wayanad sanctuary is closer)
4) any contacts for booking safari into the jungle and preferred timing for booking.
5) can i stay in Nagarhole, travel to Kabini and return back to nagarhole - what do you recommend.
6) is July the right season for going on safari - is there any threat of safari getting cancelled quoting rains?

Please let me know your suggestions. Thanks.
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