A day in Corbett
Yatra / Trek
One wakes up at the sound of the room boy announcing that the morning
tea is ready and the sun rise is expected in next 15 minutes. You
have the morning tea while enjoying the sunrise and the chirping of birds. This is also the tigers hunting time and one can hear the call of the
deer when they spot a tiger. One can actually feel the presence of the
tigers, by just listening to the calls of nature.
mahouts (elephant drivers ) in the meantime are getting their respective
elephants ready for the morning ride in the jungles.
There are around nine elephants in Dhikala for taking visitors inside
the jungle. Each elephant has a name and like an employee is sanctioned
certain funds from the government to be spent on its welfare and eating.
The mahouts take care of the elephants as their own family member.
The maximum number of people allowed to sit on the elephant back is 4,
but in case of children there may be 5-6. The earlier you go for an elephant
ride the better chances of seeing the tiger and other animals and most
importantly remember not to utter a sound once you are in the jungle.
Most of the people come to Corbett to watch the tiger, yes it is such
an magnificent animal that one never gets tired of watching it.
being on the lookout for tigers a visitor often misses other things that
the nature has to offer other than the tiger.
Deer are a common site and can be seen roaming about in small and large
groups. There are four different breeds of deer, the common spotted deer,
sambhar, barking deer and the hog deer. A very interesting information on
deer's antlers came to me when a
small child asked us that why there are horns on some deer and not on every
deer. We researched our data and with some difficulty found the answer to the
question. The deer eat grass which has a high content of protein in it. The
females manage to take out the protein in the form of milk while feeding their
young ones while the male's protein comes out in the form of antlers. Hence
male horny female not horny ( Ha, heard this from a guide once ).The deer serves as
special tasty and most lucrative food to the tigers . A tiger is able to hunt
a deer every 10 attempts and his food lasts for 2-3 days. Mathematically tiger
eats around 100 deer per annum. Corbett has an estimated 6000
deer. Deer antlers are the food for porcupines which is a nocturnal
animal and hunts, eats only during the night.
The mating season of deer
is during November & December and saplings can be seen in abundance in
February and March
are various species of birds, Mr. Harak Singh Aswal, a well renowned
forester nearly knows every bird by name and habits. No wonder he is
respectfully known as the Pelican. While on a elephant back or car ride, one
must always keep the eyes and ears open. Most of the birds can be recognised
by their sounds and habits. The great pied Himalayan hornbill is also found
here, along with other birds such as woodpeckers, raptors, fishing eagle,
harriers, jungle fowl, cuckoos, drongos, barbets and the colorful minivets.
The list and names are just endless. During the tiger census I was lucky to
be with Mr. Aswal, hence I can now recognise and make out birds from their respective
perching. There is a very good story connected with the weaver bird. The
male makes the nests and then they wait for the female species to pick the
selection. The one whose nests are liked by the females, they are chosen as
the mating partners. Don't you see a similar pattern amongst the humans too.
The female species tends to go in for the house before she says yes ( joking ).
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