Bottle nosed dolphin

A tete-a-tete with the Bottlenose dolphins

Dolphins, are NOT FISH, a common misconception. They are highly intelligent and charismatic marine mammals. Bottlenose dolphins, the ones you see in the images here, belong to the genus Tursiops and are the most common members of the family Delphinidae, the family of Oceanic dolphins. They are widespread, inhabiting the warm and temperate waters worldwide. There are 3 distinct species of Bottlenose dolphins found across the world. The Common bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus), the Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops aduncus) and the Burrunan dolphin (Tursiops australis)....

March 27, 2021 · 5 min · Santhosh Krishnamoorthy

Nocturnal diaries from Little Andaman

Little Andaman, also known as the Hut bay, is a quaint little island off the coast of Port Blair. An 8 hour cruise on a ship will get you there. As soon as one lands there and starts driving away from the jetty, the ambience of the place begins to sink in. You begin to notice that there are very few people around and hardly any vehicles on the road. There is just this one long main road lined with small eateries and shops on either side....

April 3, 2020 · 9 min · Santhosh Krishnamoorthy

Birding in Andaman

The archipelago of Andaman & Nicobar comprises of 572 islands of which 37 are inhabited. Made up of two island groups, the Andaman Islands to the north and the Nicobar Islands to the south, these islands have a tropical rainforest canopy and are very rich in bio-diversity. Over 2200 varieties of plants have been recorded there out of which 200 are endemic and 1300 of them do not occur in mainland India....

March 15, 2019 · 6 min · Santhosh Krishnamoorthy

White-bellied sea eagle and an eel

White-bellied sea eagle is a rather large bird of prey found predominantly along the coastal belts and also sometimes along other major water bodies over a wide geographical range, right from India, Sri Lanka through Southeast Asia, all the way to Australia. With an imposing size, presence and an impressive wingspan of around 2m, it is a majestic bird indeed. On my birding outing to Andamans in Feb 2018, had a wonderful encounter with this eagle....

February 1, 2019 · 3 min · Santhosh Krishnamoorthy
Beach Thick-knee

Beach thick-knee - A crabby tale

Beach thick-knee, also known as the Beach stone-curlew is a large, ground dwelling bird found in the islands of South-east Asia and Australia. Even though it is seen over a widespread area, the bird is considered as a near-threatened species and is quite uncommon across most of its range. It is very vulnerable to human interference, predation and loss of undisturbed coastlines. On my visit to Andaman in Feb last year, this bird was very high on the list to see and photograph....

January 11, 2019 · 4 min · Santhosh Krishnamoorthy