Calendar of the month

January 2012

RagooRao from Mysore has done some beautiful digital paintings, which we have converted into monthly calendars.  Please download these calendars free and use them as your desk top wall paper.

By clicking on RagooRao's name, you can read the numerous articles he has written for  He is also a superb nature photographer.

To download the calendar suitable for the size of your desktop, please click here

Our choice from facebook this month

Photographs that make you speak out!

Posted by Angad Achappa in the facebook group Indian Birds This handsome bird is a young male Pallid Harrier. As an adult, this bird would show a very different coloring(whitish-grey). They are winter migrants to India.
Common Name: Pallid Harrier
Scientific Name: Circus macrourus
Location: Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Month: December, 2011

Posted by Prosenjit Dawn in the facebook group Diversity india Crocodile with a spotted deer kill at Sundarban.(20th Dec, 2011).  We heard that it was the first record of this from Sundarbans. I'm very glad to be the first spotter.

Posted by Pierre Chéron in the facebook group Bandhav Visit I just returned from a long trip to Africa and now it announces the death of B2 today. B2 was the king of the tigers of Bandhavgarh. He was born in April 1997 and began his reign with Chakradara and her first litter in June 2000 (2 small - Challenger (M) and Narang (F)) Then he sat with his status females Amanala, and Mirchani Churbara. All its four females gave thanks to him 36 small to Bandhavgarh.

Almost all survived thanks to the protection of this powerful tiger and it is likely that either his son Bamera who gave him the coup de grace. I had witnessed a fight aborted in April.

B2 has died aged 14 years and a half which is a rarrissime age for a male tiger wild. Only an exceptional tiger as B2 could reach that age having had an alpha male reign for more than 11 years. I know of no other examples and there is probably no. From him I would keep many memories that they gave me the emotion can not be expressed.  One of them during a long photo shoot he had granted. I was lying on the floor of the jeep to be at its height and began to roll off me without eyes, then he stopped on his back legs in the air, staring at me forever. After a minute he finished his roll, he rose, marked its territory and disappeared.

Goodbye my friend.

Posted by Vipul Ramanuj in the facebook page BNHS BatMammals Greater False Vampire Bat | Megaderma iyra | Bhattana Range

Made this image during Bike N Hike's Cave Biology Workshop in a very tight cave in Aravallis Mountain Range in Rajasthan.

Posted by Varad Giri on the facebook group Snakefear and Snakelovers A new species of snake is discovered from the Western Ghats, India.

Photo by Sameer Kehimkar For more details visit:


The Rape of Mother Earth

The Rape of Mother Earth


Who am I you ask?

I am the one who is put to task

To fill the pockets of the greedy

While the vast majority is left needy.


There is a plunder of my skin, my crust,

A race there is to exploit and thrust;

To thrust out what I hold in my bowels sodear

Without any thought for the future, no fear.


My breath is heavy, shallow and dark.

My nerves have been stripped along with theroots and bark.

For what? To gain more land, more paper,

Why this unthoughtful, demeaning caper?


Of the water of life I hold so holy

You keep abusing  and turn its quality lowly.

Do you know you have snatched my glory, mycrown.

With the heat of conceit my glaciers aremelting down.


Other species that live on me maintain thebalance, they serve you

But treat them like chattel and deem themunintelligent you do.

With intelligence comes responsibility whenwill you learn,

The animals are crying out their goodconfidence do earn.


The warmth that surrounds me is not what Iwant,

Changing climates I do not want to flaunt.

I wonder how you live breathing in thispollution

And yet are successful in increasing yourpopulation.


How do I feel have you ever thought?

The advice of your Mother Earth have yousought?

Everything interconnects in the web of life,

Turn back it needs just a little strife.

© Behrooz KY Avari (2011) 

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