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Copyright: Kiran K V (sunkirana) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 137 W: 29 N: 199] (1143)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-22
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Alpha 100, Sigma 105 Macro EX
Exposure: f/11, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-25 9:15
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We had been visiting the Talkere forest for quite sometime now without anyone objecting. We were not even sure if it came withing the limits of the forest department. So this day, we had trudged quite deep into the forest which was unusually silent with very few nesting Lapwings, a couple of Pariah kites flying around. No sign of life otherwise. This used to be a macro haven teeming with quite some butterflies and wasps. After we had been almost into the center of the vegetation, we were called upon and stopped by a forest ranger. We were informed that a lone tusker was reigning king over the area the past few days and was in "Musth". Musth being the mating time when male elephants start oozing a oily substance from their temples, a sign to the female elephants that they are ready to mate. But some bulls get thrown away from the herd, which makes them extremely dangerous during "Musth". So was the case here. This lone bull had already made short work of a forest keeper, who was lucky to escape with his life, but not his limbs we were told. Well, we did try and convince the ranger that we would leave soon and were here just to photograph birds and insects and definitely keep an eye out for the elephant and off its path. But then came the warning that these creatures can smell someone from kilometers away. Had to give heed and make haste. So here you have the Archimantis latistyla, the main attraction of that trip.

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