The land of trumpet, roar and song continues to be one of the best protected national parks in the country
A white-capped redstart, poised on a rock, gazes placidly at the Kosi river
Oddly, the crocodile in the image is the only one which inhabits this stretch of the river, without another one of its kind for miles on either side. How the crocodile got here in the first place is a matter of speculation, but some claim it has been around for more than a decade. The lonely crocodile of Marchula—so called because of the area in which it resides- spends most of winter days sunbathing on the rocks, regulating his body temperature.
A sambar deer crosses the safari track cautiously, with measured footsteps. The grasslands of Dhikala are shrouded in an early morning mist, greatly hampering visibility and making the deer doubly wary about what might be hiding in the mists.
A little more than a year ago, the Dhela grassland—as it is now known- was dotted with various hutments before a relocation drive was carried out by the forest department by incentivizing the villagers with lucrative rehabilitation packages. A tigress and her cubs have now laid claim to the turf and are often spotted by tourists plying through the newly demarcated tourism zone.
A black drongo takes flight from a bare branch.
Weak monsoon showers had left the Ramganga river- Corbett’s enduring lifeline—in a withered state. The river’s width dwarfed even the Asiatic elephant’s imposing frame, as the gentle giant trudged through its gushing waters.
A Himalayan agama
Corbett national park lies nestled within the southernmost range of the Himalayas—the Shivaliks. One can get an unobstructed view of their larger cousins—the lesser Himalayas- on clear days, from certain parts of the Corbett landscape.
The lifeless body of Cat snake lies untended in the middle of a tarmac road which cuts through a segment of the forest. Unwary animals often fall prey to speeding vehicles while attempting to cross over
A jackal sports its brilliant winter coat, shimmering in the morning sun. These canids are nature’s very own maintenance personnel, and will stop at nothing to find the source of the putrefying stench that they detect through their exceptionally sensitive olfactory senses.
A wild Asiatic elephant ambles away into the thickets. Individual pachyderms are often drawn out of the inner sanctums of the national park by their salt cravings. Salt is an indispensible part of elephant’s diet but one that’s not easily found in the matter on which it subsists. Thus, in order to address this imbalance, they procure salt from salt-licks, which are naturally occurring deposit of salt-containing minerals.
A reptilian marauder of bird’s nest, the monitor lizard’s fondness for egg yolks makes it one of the wiliest creatures of the Indian jungles
A Checkered keelback is drowned to death by a fisherman’s net. The checkered keelback’s diet comprises primarily of fish, which is what the unfortunate serpent of the photo was in search for before it found itself hopelessly entangled in the unyielding fishing net.
A sub-adult male cub enjoys a leisurely afternoon by lazing on a dappled forest floor.