SPOTTED THINKING

The  Spotted Dove give me THE LOOK.

Source: SPOTTED THINKING

FOR YOUR EYES ONLY

Deception for Survival. Friends identify please?

Source: FOR YOUR EYES ONLY

A SECRET FOREST AND THE MIGRATION WITHIN

Sambar cross a river in Satpura

Source: A SECRET FOREST AND THE MIGRATION WITHIN

Enchanted forests

Source: Enchanted forests

SECRETS UNVEILED IN THE ENCHANTED FOREST

All forests are enchanting. Each has a special spell that will envelope you.

Early mornings are however the best time to go for  safaris as that’s when many secrets of the enchanted forests are revealed.

You need to be very quiet and extremely  alert  to catch the slight rustle of feathers, movement of the leaves and hear each living organism play its part,

Do you spot the movement in this Palash tree ( Flame of the Forest: Butea Monosperma )

a slight movement and the veil drops
a slight movement and the veil drops

Alerted by the movement and a glimpse behind the tree, I was all alert and lo and behold, the first rays of the sun unveiled this beautiful secret .

the first glimpse unveils a flameback
the first glimpse unveils a flameback

A closer look and the ornithologists with me identify it as the Flameback or Goldenback Wood Pecker.

looking for the worms
looking for the worms

While we are busy discussing its identity , the now christened Flameback Woodpecker( Dinopium javanense)   is busy moving around the tree hunting for its breakfast.

Do observe the gorgeous red crown and the golden back or flameback.

The flameback in all its glory
The flameback in all its glory

Another turn and we get this lovely profile of this early bird getting its worms. Poor worms, no one ever thinks of them.

Be amazed as I sign off. Keep reading as many more secrets tumble out of the Enchanted Forests of India.

perfect profile
perfect profile

SECRET TALES OF AVATARS, CHAMBER OF SECRETS and HOBBIT HOMES: BANDAVGARH

The dense and lush  forests of Bandavgarh hold numerous secrets in its bosom.

“Secret unveiled” : be enchanted and spellbound at the  Tala  Range  ( insist on visiting  this range first and foremost) of the Bandavgarh Forest Reserve.

2000 year old caves draw a striking resemblance to the imaginary homes of Hobbits

( Tolkiens: Lord of the Rings)

Badi Gufaa at Tala
Badi Gufaa at Tala

Spiders  (order Araneae ) enchant me and the first i learnt of a “Spider Walk” was my dear friend Dr Mary Catherine Frazier. So if the Tiger eludes you ( as it did me) go for a Spider walk .

Tiger , tiger....
Tiger , tiger….

This large  wood spider was spotted in the washroom marked JENTS at the Tala Range of the Bandavgarh Forest Reserve. Forest Department pull up your socks please.

wash room at Tala. enchanting spelling.
wash room at Tala. enchanting spelling.

Moving onto the positive, Wood spider: It went to the “JENTS” section.

Wood Spider
Wood Spider

This Secret of Chambers ( Harry Potter fame)  is real at Bandavgarh and has a history going back to 2000 years.

spiders and skylights in the caves
spiders and skylights in the caves

This gentleman ( or lady ) insisted on hanging upside down.

Experts pls identify
Experts  identify please

The movie “Avatar” connects me immediately to this enchanting forest with wildlife  and trees in size Extra Large.

The Lord Vishnu is also depicted through his ten AVATAARS ( meaning reincarnations) showing the evolution of Man .

Giant statues ( 7 meters high or 21 feet high)   of some of these Avataars can be seen in the Bandavgarh hill fort in the midst of the  forests.

The  hills within the Tala Range
The hills within the Tala Range

A lot seen, a lot missed: will be back

a hoarding at the railway station at Umaria
a hoarding at the railway station at Umaria