The digital art of capturing birds.
The incredible life of Jim Corbett. Having spent a lifetime roaming the Kumaon and Garhwal forests, Corbett was an expert tracker, reading the faintest signs left behind by his quarry.
How the rain rejuvenates nature and the many lives it nurtures. Here, the summers are blazing, with everything in sight bleached white by the sun. There is dust on every surface around us.
The munificence of trees is lost on a people bent on destroying the very thing that gives them life. It’s not as if nature makes life easy for trees. A tiny undigested seed may be deposited in a dung heap by an animal that has just munched a delicious fruit.
Ahoy, humans! Animals have it complicated too.
Have you been made a cuckoo of recently? The common hawk-cuckoo impersonates a shikra found in lightly wooded countryside, gardens and groves. The pied cuckoo, aka the Jacobin cuckoo, is a maverick.
In the forest, mimicry is often a way of life. Of course, now technology has stepped in and you don’t even need to know how to howl like a wolf or roar like a tiger. You simply play back recordings and wait.
The common garden lizard gets a bad rap for little reason.
Of peacocks and peahens who come alive during the monsoon. It is during the monsoons, that the gentlemen come into their own. A dancing peacock can stop you in your tracks no matter how many times you may have seen it perform before.
If only humans, too, could metamorphose like the butterfly.
Can the wild and its big game do without the tiny tots?
Let not the beauteous egret fool you of its attacking skills. The snowy little egrets on reedy black legs and splayed yellow feet mince around ponds and waterbodies, where they display myriad fishing techniques.
Would you walk into an arthropod emporium to buy silk? What if spiders sold their silk? Imagine walking into a silk emporium run by arachnids, you would be greeted by a sales-spider: a charming, young Ms/Mr Hairy-legs.
Wildlife biologist Rauf Ali takes on animals, bureaucrats, politicians, policemen, villagers, students, forest officers — and everyone he encounters during the course of his work and research, with point-blank frankness.
Step out of your hotel rooms and say hello to the visiting friends.
The invisible soldiers who keep the rhythm of nature alive.
What do trees achieve in their lifespan? Nurture one to find out.
They’ve got the moves.
Game birds might be hard to spot, but keep an ear out and watch your step and you just might be lucky. Making an acquaintance of the grey francolins, the commonest of the tribe found across India, except the Northeast, is pretty easy.
Fear of animals because they can be violent is a deeply flawed idea.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee initiated the famous Delhi-Lahore bus service to foster better relationships between India and Pakistan. Vajpayee had travelled on the same bus during its inaugural run on February 19, 1999 and was received by Nawaz Sharif, his counterpart in Pakistan.