You would have seen by visit to Kabini in 2012 here - http://www.wow-wonderworks.blogspot.in/2012/11/kingdom-of-flight-kingdom-of-stealth.html
Here is the photo essay from this year – 2013, do share your comments.
Kingdom of Flight
Indian Flying Fox
Spot Billed Pelican-Drinking Water
Animated Series here - http://www.wow-wonderworks.blogspot.in/2012/09/habits-of-pelican.html
Kingdom of Stealth
Yaanai – Elephant Series
Tusker – Show of might
Wild Dog Patrol
White Bellied Woodpecker
Action showing the power of the claws of the White Bellied Woodpecker. This guy flew past and landed on the bark of the tree throwing chips of the tree all over the air. Within a second he had started drilling the tree in search of termites and other insects...
Woodpeckers have various adaptations for their lifestyle. Their tail has stiff feathers, so that it can be used when leaning on tree trunks.
These birds have one of the longest tongues amongst birds, relatively to their body size.
The beak hits the tree with a speed of 6-7 m (20-23 ft) per second, equaling 20 km (12 mi) per hour. The stop is instant. The slowdown at the impact is 1,000 times more powerful than the gravitational force, and about 100 times higher than the acceleration experienced by an astronaut during the launch of a spaceship. The brain of a woodpecker, that weighs a mere 2 to 4 grams, can stand the shock and the speed with which the blows of the head take place because of the large cranial surface (which distributes the shock evenly) and the stiff neck muscles which do not allow the twist of the neck.
Malabar Giant Squirrel
They are omnivorous, surviving on flowers, fruits, eggs, insects and even bark. The Giant Squirrel's large tailis used as a counterweight, to help them keep their balance.
Tigers favorite meal.
Playing Dead: Not another tragic tale of bird flu, nor of a road kill, not even hunted by human greed.
This is a Indian Roller taking a mud bath to relieve itself of itching and ticks / insects on its feathers, body. Some feel it might do it to dry up / cool down as well.
Indian Roller also called the Blue Jay - Just after the mud bath....
The Indian Roller has been chosen as the state bird by the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Karnataka and Odisha.
Wooly Necked Stork
Mixed flock of 3 species
Gaur / Indian Bison
Mother carting the baby to safety
Featured on Conservation India Website
On Saturday 13th April 2013, I was surprised to see these people / tribal's walk along the Kabini backwaters in Nagarahole Tiger Reserve so close to the wild dogs. Just before walking past the wild dogs, they walked past some elephants as well.