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A dip in a stream

Rufous-bellied niltava (Niltava sundara)

Sattal, Uttarakhand, India

There’s no better place to see wildlife in the dry season than where there is water – be it a spring, river, or as here a small stream.

I sat here for a few hours two evenings in a row and what an amazing show! I had such an amazing time watching how every species and individual had a different way of approaching the water and how to take a bath. Some were very messy, other barely touched the water and went into the thickets.

Here you can listen to the bird: https://www.xeno-canto.org/20233

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Image Capture Date: 23 April 2018 07:07
Altitude: 383meters

#sattal #wildlife #india #uttarakhand
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Frozen

Sambar deer (Rusa unicolor)

Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand, India

This large animal is hard to see when it’s standing completely still in the thickets, assessing whether or not the approaching car with me in it is a danger or a nuisance.

Fortunately inside the park these beautiful creatures have very little fear of humans or their motorized vehicles, and will thus move only when they find it a nuisance. Yet some individuals do not trust or like the vehicles and will jump a few paces to make sure there are some trees in between.

Here the car stopped at a distance once we noticed it, and it looked at us for quite some time until it slowly wandered further into the forest.

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Image Capture Date: 23 April 2018 07:07
Altitude: 383meters

#wildlife #india #uttarakhand #corbettnationalpark
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Naturalised

Cowslip (Primula veris)

Svartskog, Norway

Once upon a time one or more of this species were planted to brighten a flowerbed.

Now, several decades later, it has spread and naturalised, perhaps not to my preferred locations. Nonetheless they have become a distinct member of the local flora which I treasure as they are such a lovely visual addition and provides nectar for the spring pollinators that are continuing to decline in numbers. They smell good too.

Many of the primula species originate from the Himalayas, and on my travels there I must say that nothing beats the alpine meadows dotted with purple primulas. If you are lucky you might spot one being eaten by a pika!

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Image Capture Date: 15 May 2018 19:17
Altitude: 15 meters

#spring #flowers #svartskog #norway
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Announcing to the world

Pied bush chat (Saxicola caprata)

Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand, India

A common resident in the grasslands of Corbett where I found them sitting on top the highest grass or other favorable perches from where it would sing out loud or catch prey.

It’s dark plumage must be unbearable in the midday sun, yet it is exactly where the heat is the worst which is its preferred range – the open grasslands.

Here you can listen to the bird: https://www.xeno-canto.org/311738

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Image Capture Date: 20 April 2018 17:19
Altitude: 381 meters

#birds #india #uttarakhand #corbettnationalpark
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Whipping the tail

Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris)

Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand, India

The time to see the tiger moving is early in the morning or evening – when the air is cooler. Yet, actually seeing one is really hard as they are so well camouflaged.

This is one of two one year old cubs that were spotted as they shifted positions. The other one simply vanished into the thickets, but this one chose an open spot to relax – well not really relax as it was less interested in more relaxing and more on new adventures. It was after all evening and a sun much less powerful.

When they are deeply relaxing they are flat on the ground, but when they are about to shift into action mode their tail is like a whip – from horizontal to straight up in the air and back – real fast.

In fact this tail was the only thing visible through the grasses, and it was both quite fun but also a reminder of how incredibly hard it is to see the tiger in the wild.

After countless whippings of the tail and a couple of paces and changes in resting spots, it came out in the open as seen here, where it continued to flaunt its tail until it went ahead and vanished from view.

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Image Capture Date: 22 April 2018 17:41
Altitude: 355 meters

#tigers #india #uttarakhand #corbettnationalpark
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Hello

Himalayan tahr (Hemitragus jemlahicus)

Kedarnath Musk Deer Sanctuary, Uttarakhand, India

My goal was to get a glimpse of this high altitude species, and on my first morning I did see a lone adult male quite near. I did get a decent image and was content with that as a first encounter.

Then one morning I came across a group grazing in the early morning sunlight. It must have been at least 20 individuals! I was flabbergasted and elated to be able to see such a large group going about their early morning activities so close to the road.

The oldest individuals seemed most at ease in the background and only occasionally coming in clear view near the road. The younger ones were bolder, I guess that applies to many a species, and ventured closest to the road and away from the trees.

It was a lot of movement - sometimes play fights, other times just standing and observing their land or simply grazing.

I could not in my wildest dreams have wished for such a beautiful encounter, and am so grateful for all the incredible moments they shared with me.

Image Copyright © 2018 +Morten Ross
Image Capture Date: 02 May 2018 06:53
Altitude: 2831 meters

#india #uttarakhand #kedarnath #wildlife
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One of many

Rhesus macaque (Macaca mulatta)

Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand, India

A very common species in India, and very much so in Corbett, yet I find them hilariously funny as they are always up to something, especially the young ones that seem to have ADHD and do unexpected things all the time.

This was one of a group occupying a lone tree at the fringes of open grassland - alone for a very brief moment.

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Image Capture Date: 23 April 2018 09:51
Altitude: 413 meters

#monkeys #india #uttarakhand #corbettnationalpark
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Sunspot

Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand, India

In Norway I never, or extremely rarely, see a sunrise or sunset like this – where the sun is so dimmed and subdued like it has lost its strength.

In the lowlands of India I enjoyed every sunrise and sunset, and here in Corbett I captured it just as it was about to rise above the hill. Only when I went back home did I notice a small sunspot – something becoming ever rarer as the sun is heading towards solar minimum where the sun can be without any sunspots for a very long time.

Zoom in and look at the bottom left, just above the trees.

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Image Capture Date: 22 April 2018 06:01
Altitude: 288 meters

#landscape #india #uttarakhand #corbettnationalpark
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Fragile and fragrant

Plum (Prunus domestica)

Svartskog, Norway

Winter lingered on for much too long this year, despite the sun rising ever higher in the sky.

It seemed spring was skipped altogether as summer arrived out of nowhere and in no time everything was ablaze with colors and fragrance.

This is a plum flower on one of my plum trees and it is so incredibly fragrant and tender I simply have to inhale its fragrance as often as I can as it will last much shorter than in a normal spring due to the mid-summer like temperatures of 25 celsius (77F)!

There is another familiar process I treasure as an event of summer – the sound of pine cones opening! In every pine tree countless pines are drying and thus opening to release their seeds – small cracks – like you break a tiny twig, or if you have a cone in your hand – push one of the open cone scales with a finger until it breaks – that’s the sound!

Perhaps the most treasured of all to me is the bright night sky! Now the nights are barely dark when the sky is clear, and it is such a magnificent and magical time!

Image Copyright © 2018 +Morten Ross
Image Capture Date: 14 May 2018 20:34
Altitude: 12 meters

#spring #flowers #svartskog #norway
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Excellent hearing

Sambar deer (Rusa unicolor)

Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand, India

I had several encounters of this species in Corbett, and some where they stood still like statues just like this – watching with their ears.

It is wonderful to experience wild animals not fleeing to the sound or sight of humans, just curious to what we’re up to next. If our presence made them nervous we would most definitely know about it as they would sound the alarm with a distinct and loud call.

This call, however, is reserved to the tiger and letting the forest dwellers know where a tiger is.

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Image Capture Date: 20 April 2018 17:03
Altitude: 400 meters

#wildlife #india #uttarakhand #corbettnationalpark
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