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Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Kabini, April 2013.

I have lost count of the number of times I have visited Kabini!

For over three decades Kabini has continued to strengthen my love for wildlife.

But, now it is nearly two years since I visited Kabini.

A phone call by “Kunal Sharma” the dynamic young “Resident Manager” at JLR, Kabini, triggered my desire to visit Kabini again. Thanks Kunal.

I spent two nights and three days from the 1st to 3rd April, 2013 at Kabini with my family. My good friend Manjunath and family joined us and we did four wonderful safaries inside the national park. Kabini was cool compared to the crazy summer heat in Bangalore City!

“Healthy Langurs!”

“Always Cautious - Sambar Stag!”

Mammals are always the main attractions at Kabini, more so in the summer when the water level in the river is at its lowest. Vast landscapes of grass opens up as the water recedes and one can see herbivores in good numbers grazing on the fresh grass, feasting until the monsoon arrives in June and drowns the grass.

“Grazing Gaurs!”

“Spotted Deers Grazing!”

The first mammal we saw on this visit was just a few minutes of entering the park. It was a tiger! The majestic animal was cooling itself at the famous “Tiger Tank”. A wonderful sensation for everyone in our vehicle as the tiger calmly sat in the cool water on a hot summer afternoon. Nympholepsy!


That evening I was happy to bump into VMR (CCF and ED, JLR) and family who had come along with a few of their hardcore wildlife lover friends. It was fun interacting with so many wildlife lovers and nature photographers – on location!

Just behind our room at Kabini, there was a tiny water pipe sticking out of the grass. Water was slowly oozing out of this pipe. This attracted a whole lot of tiny birds like the Purple-rumped Sunbird, Red-whiskered and White-browed Bulbul, Asian Brown Flycatcher, Oriental Magpie Robin, Common Tailor Bird and Great Tit. I was happy to sit and photograph these birds from right inside our room after the morning safari!

“Always at Kabini”

Kabini is always fun! Refreshing!

Vijay Cavale
April, 2013.