31 Mar 2014

31 March 14 - Indian Mammals Fest

Having completed all the daily posts on my recent Indian trip, I thought I would put a post together of all the mammals I photographed on the trip to Calcutta, the Andamans, the Western Ghats, Gujarat & Rajasthan. I only spent a couple of half days birding around Calcutta, but I saw a Brown Rat at about 04:00, as I was waiting for the night watchman to open my hotel on my first night. The only other mammal in Calcutta was an Indian Mongoose. On the Andamans, a Five-striped Palm Squirrel & some unidentified Bats were the only mammals seen. However, I saw a good variety of mammals on the rest of the trip. In total, I managed to photograph 27 species (excluding the Water Buffalo) & saw another 6 species. Here are the mammals I did get to photograph. No doubt my mates, Richard Webb & John Wright, will tell me if there are any misidentifications.
Rhesus Macaque: Bharatpur, Rajasthan (27 Jan 14)
Bonnet Macaque: Travelling from Jungle Hut to Ooty, Western Ghats (30 Dec 13)
Southern Plains Grey Langur: Mount Abu, Rajasthan (21 Jan 14)
Tufted Grey Langur: Jungle Hut, Western Ghats (28 Dec 13)
Nilgiri Langur: Parambikulam, Western Ghats (1 Jan 14)
Jackal: CEDO, Gujarat (19 Jan 14)
Jackal: Bharatpur, Rajasthan (28 Jan 14)
Indian Fox: Desert Coursers, Gujarat (17 Jan 14)
Indian Mongoose: CEDO, Gujarat (20 Jan 14)
Asian Elephant: Periyar Tiger Reserve, Western Ghats (10 Jan 14)
Wild Ass: Desert Coursers (15 Jan 14) 
Wild Boar: Parambikulam, Western Ghats (1 Jan 14)
Chital Deer: Male. Bharatpur, Rajasthan (27 Jan 14)
Chital Deer: Jungle Hut, Western Ghats (28 Dec 13)
Chital Deer: Bharatpur, Rajasthan (27 Jan 14)
Sambar Deer: Male. Periyar Tiger Reserve, Western Ghats (10 Jan 14)
Sambar Deer: Female. Parambikulam, Western Ghats (2 Jan 14)
Muntjac: Periyar Tiger Reserve, Western Ghats (10 Jan 14)
Gaur: Ooty, Western Ghats (30 Dec 13)
Gaur: Periyar Tiger Reserve, Western Ghats (10 Jan 14)
Nilgai: Male. Sultanpur, Rajasthan (29 Jan 14)
Nilgai: Female. Bharatpur, Rajasthan (27 Jan 14)
Water Buffalo: All the Water Buffalo I saw were probably domesticated. Jungle Hut, Western Ghats (30 Dec 13)
 Chinkara: Family Party. Tal Chappar (24 Jan 14)
Blackbuck: Male. Tal Chappar (24 Jan 14)
Blackbuck: Females & an immature male. Tal Chappar (24 Jan 14)
Nilgiri Tahr: Eravikulam, Western Ghats (4 Jan 14)
Nilgiri Tahr: Eravikulam, Western Ghats (4 Jan 14)
Three-striped Palm Squirrel: Thattekad, Western Ghats (5 Jan 14)
Three-striped Palm Squirrel: Bharatpur, Rajasthan (27 Jan 14)
Western Ghats Palm Squirrel: Periyar Tiger Reserve, Western Ghats (10 Jan 14) 
Five-striped Palm Squirrel: Mount Abu, Rajasthan (21 Jan 14)
Nilgiri Palm Squirrel: Thattekad, Western Ghats (5 Jan 14) 
Indian Giant Squirrel: Jungle Hut, Western Ghats (28 Dec 13)
Indian Giant Squirrel: Jungle Hut, Western Ghats (29 Dec 13) 
Indian Giant Squirrel: Chinnar, Western Ghats (3 Jan 14)
Indian Giant Squirrel: Thattekad, Western Ghats (5 Jan 14) 
Indian Giant Flying Squirrel: Parambikulam, Western Ghats (1 Jan 14)
Indian Giant Flying Squirrel: Parambikulam, Western Ghats (1 Jan 14)
Black-naped Hare: Jungle Hut, Western Ghats (28 Dec 13) 
Black-naped Hare: CEDO, Gujarat (20 Jan 14)
Frustratingly, I failed to get a photo of two of the best mammals seen (Caracal at CEDO, Gujarat & Jungle Cat at Tal Chappar, Rajasthan). Less exciting & not photographed (although I tried) was a Mouse feeding in the drinks stall at Bharatpur. Additionally, I saw several Foxes & photographed one, but the photos were too poor to keep, (given the species extends as far as the UK). Additionally, I didn't photograph a medium sized Bat at Bharatpur (too tedious) or the many Fruit Bats at Periyar (never saw them when I had the camera).

The Indian trip was focused on birding & all mammals seen were a result of bumping into them whilst birding, rather than a specific attempt to see the mammals. On my 91 trip to India, I was lucky to see a female Tiger with 3 cubs & so no attempt was made to see Tigers again. Likewise, I've seen Lions in Kenya & Wolves in Tibet, so no attempt was made to get to Gir in Gujarat (mainly as it would have meant dropping at least one of the birding sites).

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