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Rajan Kanagasabai
02-05-2014, 09:11 AM
The receding waters at Kabini expose a fair bit of islands across the river bed. These islands with their rich succulent grass strips are ideal breeding and nesting grounds for Terns, Pratincoles and other little birds like Wagtails. Cut off from mainland, these islands are out of reach of most predators and colonies of these birds roost on these strips, build nests, lay their eggs and raise their hatch lings.

However, there is one animal, which is not just an excellent long distance swimmer but a lover of fresh green grass. The massive elephants swim out to these islands to feast on the grass. While they are no direct threat to the birds, these huge herds inadvertently trample on hidden nests or eggs, often wiping out families of these little avians.

However, the avian s have learnt not to take this lying down. They gang up to drive out the invaders and we were privy to some awesome battles that played out last evening during the boat safari. A small herd of elephants, swimming out to one such island were feeding on the fresh grass, when a squadron of Terns, accompanied by Pratincoles began dive bombing on the elephants. Their attack was systematic. A tern wood swoop down, nibbling at the ear or the head of the elephant, and fly away, another one would be seconds behind repeating the same sequence. The consistent bombardment was just too much for the elephants to handle and they beat a hasty retreat back to land.

The Air Force had beaten back the Army's battle tanks fair and square. We were lucky to be at the right place at the right time.


Saktipada Panigrahi
03-05-2014, 11:38 AM
Nice document. Every page of Nature is a beautiful piece of learning. How pleasant it is to look so tiny before the Nature. Thanks for sharing.SaktiWild

Sabyasachi Patra
03-05-2014, 01:19 PM
Nice one. Can you post some more images? In nature, everyone knows their strengths and weaknesses and act accordingly. They also know that instead of running away from adversary and blaming their fate, they can join hands with each other and face the challenge. In sharp contrast to it is our behaviour. Most of the time we can't stand up and face a local bully/goon as people hope someone else will do the job.

Rajan Kanagasabai
03-05-2014, 03:48 PM
Here are more pictures depicting the following actions

- Nesting Terns on the Uninhabited island
- Nesting Pratincoles down the same island
- Approaching Jumbo herd and the beginning of the Dive Bombing
- The dive bombers succeeding in beating back the land brigade


Rajan Kanagasabai
03-05-2014, 03:49 PM
The Pratincoles nesting on the island

Rajan Kanagasabai
03-05-2014, 03:51 PM
Approaching Jumbo herd and the beginning of the dive bombing.

Rajan Kanagasabai
03-05-2014, 03:53 PM
The herd beginning to retreat from the ferocious attack of the flight squadron

Mrudul Godbole
04-05-2014, 09:46 PM
A very apt title :). Small small things which we normally fail to observe in nature, you have documented them nicely. Thanks for sharing.