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An environmental enthusiast who loves tramping through the hills in search of the picturesque.

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Morni Wildlife (Herpetofauna): White-lipped Green Pit Viper

September 21, 20190 Comments

White-lipped Green Pit Viper is a venomous tree snake that feeds on small mammals, birds and small frogs. It was photographed at around 2 AM on an iron staircase leading to the rooftop. The photographer was walking back ‘barefoot on the roof’ after a star gazing session when he spotted the green blighter curled up […]

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Morni Wildlife (Insects): Peacock Pansy

December 21, 20180 Comments

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Morni Wildlife (Insects): Blue Pansy

December 21, 20180 Comments

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Birds of Morni: Woolly-necked Stork

December 20, 20181 Comment

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Birds of Morni: Short-toed Snake Eagle

December 20, 20180 Comments

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Birds of Morni: Himalayan Griffon

December 20, 20180 Comments

Himalayan Griffons, especially juveniles, winter in Morni Hills and are frequently spotted soaring high on thermals especially where the breeze from the southern plains meet the sheer Gajhan escarpment.

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Birds of Morni: Rock Bunting

December 19, 20180 Comments

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Trees of Morni: Kandai

December 19, 20180 Comments

Governor’s Plum/Kandai/ Kakai Flacourtia ramontchi/ Flacourtia indica is a small thorny deciduous tree with rough whitish-grey bark; young parts are hairy. Leaves are 2-4 inch long, are ovate and obtusely serrated, smooth above and usually hairy beneath. The leaves and twigs are lopped for fodder (and the tree is hence susceptible to browsing).  It is […]

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Man-Animal Conflict in British India

January 5, 20170 Comments

The news reports published on losses to human life inflicted by the wild animals in British India shed indirect light on the relative abundance of wildlife and the issues of man-animal conflict experienced during the British times. The statistics quoted in these reports can best be regarded as rough estimates and broadly indicative of the […]

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The Man-Eater of Dhari

December 26, 20162 Comments

The Man-Eater of Dhari By Dorothy M. Leslie Chronicle, Adelaide, SA Thursday the 12th of October, 1933   ABOUT five years ago a man-eating tiger appeared in the vicinity of Dhari in the Kumaon Hills of India and speedily became the terror of the district. It killed no fewer than ninety people and the Government […]

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