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28 October 2016 / leggypeggy

Things that go rustle and hoot in the night

Asian palm civet

An Asian palm civet peers at us

Asian palm civet

The palm civet makes ready to go

We’ve had the chance to do a couple of night drives in the buffer zones that surround a few of India’s national parks.

The core areas of the parks close at sunset, but the buffer zones, which encircle most parks, remain open 24 hours. They have to because villages are often located in these zones.

So it was a treat on our first night near Satpura National Park to have a longish (almost two hours) night drive. We piled in an open-air Gypsy (small four-wheel drive) and bounced along dirt roads, with Anand and the driver using powerful torches (flashlights) to see what was around.

Wild boars

Wild boars trotting into the distance

Our first glimpse was of an Asian palm civet. It was high up in a tree—no idea how the fellows managed to spot it. Luckily it sat still long enough for me to snap a pic.

Then there was a troop of wild boars, followed by an Indian owl, an Indian hare and a nightjar.

The big bonus was several sightings of jungle cats. I even managed to photograph one.

We’ve had a few other fruitful night drives, but none that yielded any decent (meaning even remotely in focus) photos. But that said, we have seen snakes, a mongoose, another palm civet, spiders and more.

I promise to share more pics from night drives when I’m lucky enough to capture them. 🙂

A big thank you to Ben Vang
And a big shout out of heartfelt thanks to Ben Vang of Camera Check Point in Dubbo, New South Wales. Ben cleaned and serviced several camera lenses for me—especially the telephoto—which has allowed me to get some of these closer-up shots. If you are anywhere in Australia, I can highly recommend Ben’s services.

Jungle cat

Jungle cat

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  1. toutparmoi / Oct 28 2016 7:52 am

    Marvellous.

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  2. beetleypete / Oct 28 2016 8:20 am

    Nice to experience a night ‘safari’, Peggy. The owl is great, and the photo of the nightjar is a lovely capture.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 28 2016 12:16 pm

      Night safaris can be fascinating and extremely hard to photograph. Nightjars are an exception. They just sit in the road until you toot the horn at them.

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  3. gerard oosterman / Oct 28 2016 8:37 am

    I hope the nightjar wasn’t eaten by the jungle cat. It can be a cruel world out there. Great pictures Peggy.

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 28 2016 12:17 pm

      Oh dear, Gerard, now I have to worry about the nightjar! But I think they are pretty good at taking care of themselves. We’ve seen a lot of them.

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  4. Denise Rawling / Oct 28 2016 8:47 am

    Really enjoying your trip, hope you are too!

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 28 2016 12:17 pm

      Thanks Denise. We are. And it looks like you are enjoying yours too. See you in December.

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  5. sepultura13 / Oct 28 2016 9:31 am

    I love these…and the nightjar is fascinating! Very nice.

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  6. quirkywanderer / Oct 28 2016 2:17 pm

    Brilliant. I am planning to visit Satpura next month. Will be hooked on for more:)

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 28 2016 3:21 pm

      Satpura has some wonderful wildlife. Hope you have a fabulous time there.

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  7. Curt Mekemson / Oct 28 2016 3:07 pm

    What fun, Peggy, wandering around at night searching for animals. I was particularly interested in the Night Jar, which looks quite similar to our Night Hawk. Must be the same family. Have you ever heard a Night Hawk make a booming sound in the evening by diving and then straightening out at the bottom of its dive creating the boom with its feathers? Very unique and very wonderful. I wonder if the Night Jar does the same thing? –Curt

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 30 2016 12:54 am

      The night drives are great and we often see nightjars. The ones in India makes a sound like ‘chuck, chuck, chuck’ and then a trill. I haven’t heard it myself, but Anand just demonstrated it for me.

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      • Curt Mekemson / Oct 30 2016 11:10 am

        These guys make an almost nasal sound. But the boom comes from the dive. They are found in the more mountainous areas of the west. –Curt

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      • leggypeggy / Nov 12 2016 9:30 pm

        Now I’ll have to come out west and hear the boom!

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  8. IreneDesign2011 / Oct 28 2016 3:12 pm

    Wow for some great experiences, as you get there Peggy 🙂
    Thank you so much for sharing and remember to take care of yourself too.

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 30 2016 12:56 am

      We’re doing great. Very lucky to be travelling with the two young Indian people (both naturalists) we have travelled with twice before.

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  9. Joy Dostine / Oct 28 2016 5:20 pm

    Wonderful. Glad you are all having a great time

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 30 2016 12:56 am

      Thanks Joy. We’re have a great time. Hope you are recovering well from your surgery.

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  10. voulaah / Oct 28 2016 11:07 pm

    You share very nice experience during your trip
    thank you so much for that
    kisses

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 30 2016 12:57 am

      Thanks voulaah. So glad you are enjoying the travels too. Kisses back to you.

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  11. christie jones / Oct 29 2016 12:23 am

    Awesome, such a great experience!

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  12. sidilbradipo1 / Oct 29 2016 1:26 am

    WOW… this safari is a great experience 🙂
    Ciao
    Sid

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  13. chattykerry / Oct 29 2016 4:40 am

    Wonderful shots and I love the palm civet.

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  14. Sharon Bonin-Pratt / Oct 29 2016 6:58 am

    Very glad you found your night excursion fruitful and not frightful.
    And I love all the photos – interesting creatures to keep one awake and watchful. Thanks, Peggy, for making my afternoon more fun.

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  15. Rashminotes / Oct 30 2016 3:30 am

    Great captures! You seem to be having a lovely time; hope your stay in India gets better:)

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  16. Bun Karyudo / Oct 30 2016 5:13 pm

    I’ve often heard about cities that never sleep. It seems a good part of the countryside likes to stay awake too.

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  17. Mithai Mumblezz / Oct 31 2016 3:25 am

    A very exciting night safari!! Great pics!! Happy diwali and Happy Halloween 😊

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  18. Brenda / Nov 2 2016 11:05 pm

    We usually are so oblivious to all that night life out there. What a treat to get a glimpse.

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    • leggypeggy / Nov 2 2016 11:18 pm

      What a perfect comment. The night is filled with all sorts of goings-on if we take the time to look.

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