Dec 152012
 
The Hedgehog of Forest Rest House in  Tal Chapar Rajasthan

The mysterious little Hedgehog of Forest Rest House Tal Chapar Rajasthan   Let me be honest the moment the word Forest Rest house comes to my mind, a rickety old bungalow with no power and plumbing comes to mind, with an old Chowkidar with a lantern who does not cast a shadow completing the picture. So when Shreeram MV of Darter informed me that we will be staying in Forest Rest House in Tal Chapar Rajasthan, I was mentally prepared to rough it out in the middle of the jungle. Surrounded by beautiful Indian acacia trees with fragrant yellow flowers, [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Dec 122012
 
Thali for lunch in Rural Rajasthan in Tal Chapar

Lunch in Rural Rajasthan- A Thali to be cherished —On our second day during the Tal Chapar visit, Mr. Poonia was kind enough to take us to a section that technically is outside of the sanctuary, but has a lot of rare birds coming.  The challenge is this section is near mines where limestone and other minerals are being constantly taken out, leading to loss of vegetation and habitat for the birds. Fortunately no new mines are being allowed in the area and hopefully the current ones will also be stopped soon. Just look at the picture of the Butterflies and you [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Oct 152012
 
7 Things Blogging Changed In My Life

These indiblogger guys keep on pushing me to get out of my slumber and write more frequently. This time the topic is how blogging has changed my life; I was like ok let me ponder this, as contest or no contest I have been thinking about it recently. I think blogging has changed my life in 7 major ways and let me list each one of them: 1.       Life is more than Deadlines: I think once I started blogging and reading blogs of others one question that has been hounding me is why my life revolves around the deadlines [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Oct 122012
 
Reptiles of Rajasthan- Lizards of desert at both end of Food Chain

Spiny Tailed Lizard and other reptiles of desert in Rajasthan Spiny Tailed Lizard – Called Sanda in Hindi You and I may not like reptiles but there are other creatures that just love them. Reptiles are a major food source for many predators and this post is about Reptiles of Rajasthan found in the Tal Chhapar wildlife sanctuary. One question that has haunted me since we reached Tal Chhapar was why all these eagles come here when they could be anywhere. Some of the answers to the same were it is safe to be here, it is on the way [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Oct 112012
 
Salt Pans of Tal Chapar Rajasthan

A visit to the Salt Pans near Tal Chapar Wild Life Sanctuary   Q: what is common between Mahatma Gandhi, Roman Soldiers, Timbuktu, Tal Chapar and Angelina Jolie? Well you guessed it right it is Salt. I know the title of the post is a give away. White Eared Bulbul Gandhijee had a close relationship with Salt production in India as he led   the march to Dandi in the cost of Gujarat to protest against the salt monopoly and excessive tax by the colonial masters in India. That march on March 10, 1930 changed the course of Independence [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Oct 092012
 
The Cunning Fox of Tal Chhapar Rajasthan

Observing Animal Behaviour in Wild- Encounter between a Fox & an Eagle  The Cunning Fox Ever since our childhood, we keep on reading about the smaller carnivores of the jungles of India. The Wolf is portrayed as a ruthless killer, the jackal as sly, and the hyena as despicable all stereotypes worthy of further debate and investigation. But it is the fox that takes a special place in jungle lore and has maximum stories dedicated to her. From the fox that could not reach the sour grapes to the Chalak lomdee ( चालाक लोमड़ी or clever fox) in all the cartoons [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]