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PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2011 11:17 am Post subject: Re: Memories from the Kumaradhara trip - Feb 2011 Reply with quote

                                                   
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Gokul,  Arjun,Mudassir  and  Krishna  took  home  the  plants.  
 Lets  wait  for  them  for  the  pics.                

 
 Eagerly  waiting!!
 What  was  the  collection  like?
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2011 11:26 am Post subject: Re: Memories from the Kumaradhara trip - Feb 2011 Reply with quote

                                                   
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The  only  thing  yet  to  be  collected  was  a  sub-adult  P.  filamentosus  for  Marc.  That  was  caught  in  the  same  drainage.                  

 
 Thanks  Shankar  and  team......they  are  valuable  additions  to  my  live  collection  Thumb Up
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2011 9:13 pm Post subject: Re: Memories from the Kumaradhara trip - Feb 2011 Reply with quote

 Let  me  take  over  the  reins,  and  bore  y'all  with  my  experiences  :)
 
 Shankar  and  the  remaining  team,  headed  back  to  Bangalore,on  saturday  night,  after  another  awesome  meal  at  hotel  Capitol.  I  dropped  them  off  at  the  station.  
 It  was  indeed  a  sad  moment,  to  part  with  all  of  them,  after  the  awesome  trip  we  had  had  till  now.  Loads  of  camaraderie  and  great  times!  ¬†
 I  headed  back  to  the  lodge,where  Jib  had  arranged  for  my  night  stay.  Saw  a  road  killed  lycodon  sp.  on  the  way  back.  Shankar  and  Jib  should  have  been  there  Razz  
 I  had  my  train  from  Mangalore  station,  Late  on  Sunday  night.  That  left  me  with  an  entire  day  to  kill,ALONE.  Slept  off  early  that  night,  after  finishing  water  changes  on  the  fish  i  was  to  get  back  home.  
 
 Early  next  morning,  I  roamed  around  Subramanya,  with  my  camera.  Was  actually  a  great  experience,  to  mingle  amongst  a  crowd,  without  understanding  a  word  of  their  language.  
 
 Subramanya,  on  a  sunny  morning.
 
 
 lagenandra  sp.  growing  on  the  banks  of  the  stream  that  passed  behind  my  lodge.
 After  having  lunch,  and  another  round  of  water  changes,  i  finally  packed  all  my  stuff,  and  set  off  to  the  bus  stand.  
 
 Took  the  first  bus  to  Mangalore,  which  went  via  Uppinangady.  The  rivers  Kumardhara  and  Nethrawati,  meet  at  Uppinangady.  The  Nethrawati,  is  comparitively  more  swift  than  the  Kumardhara.  Both  Shankar  and  Nayak,  had  said  that  i  had  a  change  of  finding  the  etroplus  canarensis  there.  After  a  nice  ride  through  the  western  ghats,  I  finally  reached  Uppinangady  bus  stand.  I  got  coverage  there,  so  the  first  thing  i  did,  was  call  up  Nayak  and  Shankar,  and  get  some  info  about  the  hot  spots  there.  
 Based  on  their  guidance,  and  my  interpretation  of  it  Wink  ,  I  headed  to  the  temple  close  by,  and  descended  the  ghat,  onto  the  banks  of  the  mighty  Nethrawati.  I  had  my  enire  luggage  on  me,  and  since  i  was  alone,  i  could  not  do  anything  with  it,  apart  from  keeping  it  all  on  my  self.  
 Braving  the  heat,  i  stepped  into  the  Nethrawati,  to  just  look  around  at  the  fish.  1  step  into  the  water,  and  i  knew  it  was  going  to  be  a  bad  idea,  to  even  THINK  about  crossing  this  river  with  all  my  luggage.  MAAN  the  river  is  fast!  
 Disheartened,  drained  of  energy,  resigned  to  my  fate,  i  returned  to  the  temple.
 
 River  Nethrawati,  at  Uppinangady.
   
 To  be  continued..


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2011 9:45 pm Post subject: Re: Memories from the Kumaradhara trip - Feb 2011 Reply with quote

 The  village  pic  is  just  superb,  Shubh!
 
 Eager  for  more  pics  and  your  journey  through  the  Konkan.   Thumb Up
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2011 11:33 pm Post subject: Re: Memories from the Kumaradhara trip - Feb 2011 Reply with quote

 Hi  Shankar,  Wonderful  Trip  &  Great  Photographs...
 
 Could  you  please  post  the  Biotope  Pics  of  the   HS  Loach  &  few  more  pics  of  them  if  you  have  please  ?
 
 Did  any  of  the  team  members  measure  any  water  parameters  ?
 
 What  about  EC  did  you  guys  spotted  only  two?  
 
 Thanks  
 
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 9:00 am Post subject: Re: Memories from the Kumaradhara trip - Feb 2011 Reply with quote

                                                   
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Gokul,  Arjun,Mudassir  and  Krishna  took  home  the  plants.  
 Lets  wait  for  them  for  the  pics.                

 
 Eagerly  waiting!!
 What  was  the  collection  like?                

 
 Saikumar,  you  will  have  to  prod  your  citymate  for  the  pics  Wink   The  collection  involved  a  cryptocoryne,  pics  of  which  are  already  posted,  and  another  grass,  maybe  eriocaulon  sp.
 
 
 Shankar,
 Thanks.  But  the  journey  back  home  through  the  Konkan,  was  one  of  the  most  boring  ones  in  my  life  Very Happy.  
 
 Sujoy
 re-posting  the  pic  for  you.
 
 Mudassir  found  the  Hill  streams  here  in  decent  numbers.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 9:24 am Post subject: Re: Memories from the Kumaradhara trip - Feb 2011 Reply with quote

 @  Subhankar
 
 Thank  You  for  the  Picture  for  the  Hill  streams  loach  biotope  picture,  what  was  it  like,  rocks  and  Torrents  only  or  there  were  any  Bogwood,  and  plants  on  the  side  if  any  ?  Were  the  loaches  undrneath  the  ledge  of  the  rocks  ?
 
 Thanks  &  Regards
 
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 9:58 am Post subject: Re: Memories from the Kumaradhara trip - Feb 2011 Reply with quote

 Sujoy,  no  plants  where  they  were  present.  Only  pebbles  of  varying  sizes.  Water  temp  around  26C  at  around  7pm  and  around  28C  during  the  day.  TDS  should  practically  be  zero,  for  the  constant  water  flow.
 
 The  habitat  video  has  been  posted  in  this  thread.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 10:36 am Post subject: Re: Memories from the Kumaradhara trip - Feb 2011 Reply with quote

                                                   
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Water  temp  around  26C  at  around  7pm  and  around  28C  during  the  day.                

 
 Taken  from  the  same  spot  with  rapid  current  Shankar?   A  2C  drop  by  7PM  or  a  2C  rise  by  mid  day  sounds  a  bit  exponential  for  that  kind  of  a  volume  and  flow  rate.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 12:42 pm Post subject: Re: Memories from the Kumaradhara trip - Feb 2011 Reply with quote

 @  Shankar  -  Thank  You  ,  some  how  missed  the  Video,  but  look  at  the  'Camo'  it  is  very  difficult  to  make  out  where  the  fish  is  from  the  top  for  sure  and  they  must  have  been  moving  around  very  fast...  Please  post  some  full  shots  of  the  Bhavani  once  they  are  settled  in  the  Aquarium  please.
 
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 Hi  It  was  a  wonderful  trip  indeed,  Me  being  a  planted  tank  bug  it  was  great  to  see  these  aquatic  plants  in  their  natural  habitat.  (  All  emersed)
 shankar,  Krishna  and  me  were  walking  on  a  patch  of  ground  surround  by  water  and  shankar  pointing  out  at  a  grassy  plant  doubtfully  asked,  is  that  dwarf  grass?  krishna  was  quick  to  point  out  that  it  was  an  ¬†Eriocaulon  species,  excited  at  the  find  i  started  collecting  few  plants  and  then  i  was  joined  by  mudassir  i  found  some  Cryptocoryne  in  the  same  area,  so  here  are  some  pics...  
 
 (The  eriocaulon  we  found  after  a  bit  of  googling  i  suspect  it  to  be  ¬†Eriocaulon  belgaumensis  a  new  species  discovered  in  the  western  gahts,  i  am  just  guessing  here  so  anyone  who  thinks  otherwise  please  comment  )
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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 Continued  from  the  earlier  post...
 I  reached  the  temple  at  Uppinangady,  and  dropped  my  luggage.  Saw  an  elderly  local  person  inquisitively  looking  at  the  gear  i  had  with  me.  (  Read:  a  disgustingly  weird  colored  hand  net,  specially  stitched  by  my  mum  for  the  trip,  my  sleeping  bag,cam  et  al  Very Happy  )  I  went  up  to  him,  and  asked  if  he  knew  about  any  'meen'  there.  'meen'  was  pretty  much  the  only  Kannada  word  i  knew.  After  a  frantic  call  to  shankar,  who  explained  to  me  the  Kannada  name  for  the  etroplines,  (which  i  dont  remember  now)  I  enquired  with  the  person.  He  was  pretty  sure  he  had  seen  them  in  the  river.  Following  another  brief  Eureka  moment,  i  googled  up  for  some  photos,  and  showed  him  a  photo  of  the  etroplus  canarensis.  (  no  points  for  guessing  which  photo  came  up  in  the  google  search  Razz  )
 The  guy  was  100%  sure  about  the  existence  of  these  fish  in  the  river  system  in  Uppinangady.  I  politely  asked  if  he  could  take  me  to  the  spot,  to  which  he  agreed.  
 
 We  dropped  off  my  luggage  at  a  local  shop,  where  he  also  bought  a  bundle  of  his  favorite  smoke.  With  a  huge  burden  off  my  backs,  i  had  a  new  found  enthusiasm  to  explore  the  sangam.  We  again  descended  the  steps,  and  i  boldly  entered  the  Nethrawati  again.  Spotted  nothing  much  here,  apart  from  some  adult  p.filamentosus  ,  garra  sp.  
 Realising  that  it  was  going  to  be  difficult  and  dangerous  to  fish  in  these  fast  waters,  we  decided  to  try  our  luck  on  the  Kumaradhara  side  of  the  sangam.  We  proceeded  to  the  next  spot  the  guy  had  in  mind.  After  a  brief  walk,  we  finally  reached  there.  As  soon  as  we  were  near  the  river,  i  dropped  off  my  camera  bag,  and  picked  up  my  net.  i  could  see  a  HUGE  school  of  super  sized  p.  filamentosus,  garras  and  another  lone  goby  (  i  think  it  could  be  the  glossogobius  giuris)  
 
 While  i  was  busy  looking  at  the  fish,  the  guy  suddenly  started  gesturing  madly.  RIGHT  near  the  place  we  had  kept  my  bag,  was  an  etroplus  canarensis  
 My  first  instincts  were  to  try  and  net  it.  But  on  another  thought,  i  decided  to  wait  patiently  near  the  banks,  and  observe  the  beauty  in  the  wild.  I  knew  i  did  not  stand  half  a  chance  to  net  them  single  handedly,  and  with  a  single  net.  I  then  grabbed  my  camera  and  clicked  on.
 
 
 Soon,  my  patience  bore  fruit,  and  another  adult  joined  the  one  which  was  already  there.
 
 
 After  some  MAD  clicking,  i  put  away  the  camera,  and  got  into  the  water.  The  adults,  as  i  had  expected,  darted  away  and  disappeared.  After  a  brief  exploration  of  the  area,  I  also  found  2  juveniles  near  a  rock.  When  i  approached  them,  they  darted  into  some  driftwood  cover.  I  also  saw  a    xenochrophis  piscator  here.  Double  delight,  you  can  call  it  Very Happy
 Well  anyway,  after  seeing  them  to  my  hearts  content,  during  the  course  of  which,  i  also  slipped  into  the  water,  i  came  out,  and  packed  all  my  belongings,  changed  into  dry  clothes.
 In  the  meantime,  this  dude,  who  had  probably  muttered  to  himself  about  how  crazy  these  city  guys  are,  had  lit  himself  a  beedi.  I  promptly  joined  him  with  my  own  DIY  contraption,  '  the  cold  drink  bottle  sheesha'.  He  again  gave  me  that  '  whatt  in  the  world,  is  that  piece  of  edit  '  look.  Anyway,  after  some  sign-language  explanations,  that  convinced  him  about  the  flavor,  we  enjoyed  a  smoke  on  the  river  bank  and  off  we  went.  
 
 
 Thats  us  on  the  river  bank.
 
 
 The  canarensis  spot
 
 I  took  the  next  bus  out  of  Uppinangady  to  mangalore,  and  reached  Pune  the  next  evening,  after  an  uneventful  and  boring  journey  Smile  
 
 PS:  Nayak,  i  deeply  regret  having  missed  out  on  the  fish  meal  and  Uppinangady  KSRTC  canteen.  
 Maybe  some  other  time  Smile  
 
 Thats  all  folks!  
 Hope  i  dint  bore  you  much
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 11:47 pm Post subject: Re: Memories from the Kumaradhara trip - Feb 2011 Reply with quote

 Awesome  Shubh   Clapping  .  More  from  the  the  team  please  ....   Rock On
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 Shubhankar,
 Excellent  narration  and  I  truly  love  that  rustic  village  scene  of  Subramanya  Very Happy  
 Regarding  that  fish  meal  in  Uppinangadi,  it  is  on  me  the  next  time  you  come  this  side   Smile   
 
 
 Arjundogra,
 Very  nice  pictures.  Keep  us  updated  about  the  plant  growth  Smile  
 
 Regards,
 Nayak.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 16, 2011 2:24 pm Post subject: Re: Memories from the Kumaradhara trip - Feb 2011 Reply with quote

 Shankar,  Shub  and  Arjun  thanks  for  sharing  with  pics  and  Vids.
 
 Everytime  I  see  something  of  this  magnitude,  even  I  feel  like  getting  along  with  you....next  time.
 
 Cheers  guys!
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