Wildlife Sightings


September 4th, 2013 by Pranad Patil

The Elephant Crossing…

Some things are meant to take your breath away!

Asian-Elephant, Kabini

Elephants Crossing the Kabini…

While meandering through the backwaters of Kabini, we saw the silhouette of an elephant which had come to the banks of Bandipur. As we slowly approached it, the elephant retreated to the safety of the bamboo thickets.

On closer observation, we realized that the elephant was accompanied by her baby. The female kept on looking towards us over her shoulder and was noticeably reluctant to come towards the water. Realizing that she was not comfortable with us around, I decided to move on with the safari.

Asian Elephant at Kabini

A Mother with Her Calf…

After a long turn around, we saw the elephant in the water from the other bank. She was actually accompanied by two calves. The three giants slowly made their way across the river and stepped out on the Nagarhole side of the river.

None of us in the boat spoke a single word through the twenty minutes that took the elephants to cross the river. And after the whole event, everyone had just one expression on their face, ‘WOW!’

The Elephant Crossing…
Pranad Patil
Growing up in a large, metropolitan city like Mumbai, all Pranad could think of was how to get out of the over-crowded city. After completing a Masters in Business Administration, with Marketing and HR as his major subjects and with a distinction at that, Pranad ignored all the offers he got from the corporate world. Instead, he started working for a small organization in Mumbai that conducted a lot of nature and environment related activities and trips for the urban crowd. He then worked as a Naturalist for a resort in the famous Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve before moving to Orange County, Kabini as a Sr. Executive Naturalist. Pranad is especially interested in wildlife photography and observing animal behaviour.

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