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Orchids of Anshi Tiger Reserve, KA, INDIA

This is a discussion on Orchids of Anshi Tiger Reserve, KA, INDIA within the The Jungle forums, part of the Land Plants category; In brief about Anshi, Anshi village is 100 kms from Belgaum,KA near to Karwar on ...

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    Default Orchids of Anshi Tiger Reserve, KA, INDIA

    In brief about Anshi,
    Anshi village is 100 kms from Belgaum,KA near to Karwar on the west coast, boasting a wide variety of flora and fauna !
    The forest is recently declared to be a Tiger Reserve (DATR).
    Here's a link to the exact destination:
    https://plus.google.com/116823117858...88/about?hl=en

    This was my the fourth time i visited the all time Green Evergreen forest with medium to high canopy bursting with life all year round,
    This was the first time though, that i was in Anshi in the Winters,
    We were in Anshi to shoot the elusive Blue Eared Kingfisher and the King Cobra, as time we visited was in January which marksthe start of the breeding ceremony for the Kings, when these are most active.

    Now, If these nonessential words have made you bored reading,
    here are some pictures of the orchids, i took on our trails, through the forest.

    To start with some Bulbophyllum Species, where the flower smelt like what could be equally comparable with a Indian Ratsnake's Shit (ptyas mucosa stench on your clothes, if caught and spooked!

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    More to follow..

    Regards,
    Akshay

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    Very cool.

    Did you have to watch for tigers?

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    That is a great set of pictures. Very few of us ever get to see orchids in their native habitat. I always think that anything like this lends to our appreciation of the most beautiful, diverse, and unique family of plants in the world. Thank you so much for sharing!

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    Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to more pictures and info on Anshi. Yes, any tigers spotted?

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    Wow very nice Bulbo any idea what it is? lovely atmosphere.

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    What all experts here in India lean on is that its either " Bulbophyllum rosemarianum but it might be Bulbophyllum sterile alba " what I guess is, its Bulbo neilgherrense, so i leave the guessing game to all the experienced Senior Members.

    With tigers, none were spotted as the forest wasn't accessible due to the dense foliage of bamboos and other thickets and no JEEPable roads to cover more ground. The only mammals spotted in the reserve were Malabar giant squirrels(ratufa indica) & domestic cattle let out in the jungle by the villagemen to devastate the ecosystem

    The Following pictures are a glimpse of the forest type and the surroundings

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    The road through the forest, the forest type you see here is consistent through out the park with very very few open grassland/meadow patches.

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    This is one of the Kali River, with dropped water level at this time, tributaries that flows through the Reserve,

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    The same river, very upstream where we hiked thrice in search of the kingfishers and the King Cobra ( Got a glimpse of the king ) with multiple shed-ed skins near the campsite.

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    and micro streams like these filled a lota interesting Fishes !!

    will post again soon, the rest of the trip's memories .

    Regards,
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    Thanks Akshay for the extra pictures.

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    Wow! Thanks for sharing! It's so neat to be able to see natural orchids and such wonderful natural areas! Makes me want to get out and go orchid hunting!

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    And now some orchid photos :

    Cymbidium sp. shot near our campsite

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    Regards,
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    A beautiful journey. Did you see any of the Kingfishers or cobras while there?

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