A male and female Lesser Adjutant Stork (Leptoptilos javanicus) circulating high up in the air.
During a recent trip to Kolkata I had the opportunity to visit the Sundarban Tiger Reserve, which was named a World Heritage Site in 1987.
The 2 Stags have started to fight – the female Chital deer runs away!
The chital deer has a protracted breeding season due in part to the tropical climate, and births can occur throughout the year. For this reason, males do not have their antler cycles in synchrony and there are some fertile females at all times of the year. Males sporting hard antlers are dominant over those in velvet or those without antlers, irrespective of their size and other factors.
This is serious business
In other parts of India, an interesting relationship has been observed between herds of axis deer and troops of the Northern Plains Gray Langur (Presbytis entellus), a widespread leaf-eating monkey taxon of South Asia. Axis deer apparently benefit from the langurs’ good eyesight and ability to post a lookout in a treetop, helping to raise the alarm when a predator approaches. For the langurs’ part, the axis deer’s superior sense of smell would seem to assist in early predator (read Tiger) warning, and it is common to see langurs foraging on the ground in the presence of axis deer.
Maybe I should get out of here!
If you go there try to stay at the Sundarbans Tiger Camp at Dayapur!
The below video shows that the human vs tiger conflict is ongoing with very sad outcomes for both parties: english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2010/05/201053071518901235.html