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PostPosted: Fri Oct 30, 2009 8:56 pm Post subject: It Lies 220 Kms From Here [Talakona]- Pics In Reply with quote

 The  Chennai  Chapter  is  headed  towards  Talakona  for  a  recee/collection  trip  tomorrow.
 
 Talakona  meaning  Head  Hill  lies  bout  220  kms  from  Chennai.  Its  literally  behind  the  Tirupati  Hills  and  is  home  to  some  really  nice  flora.  
 
 Things  to  remember  :  We  are  still  that  daft  bunch  that  leaves  at  3:00  AM  (Sharp!!!!).
 
 No  idea  what  to  expect  in  terms  of  fauna  but  Im  guessing  it  might  be  similar  to  Kaigal.
 
 Team  :  
 
 Bala
 Prasoon
 Shankar
 Sai
 Rajeshwaran
 Me
 
 
 We  are  travelling  in  Prasoon's  new  Scorpio  (or  is  it  a  Bolero)???  Either  ways  Im  at  the  moment  burning  a  lotta  CD's  to  ensure  this  trip  doesnt  involve  anything  remotely  related  to  Mohan.
 
 Ps  :  A  movie  named  Jalsa  was  apparently  shot  in  Talakona.  Thats  enough  sleaze  for  a  collection  trip  dont  you  think????
 
 Further  updates  on  the  fish  collected  and  who  won  this  war  of  the  songs  will  follow.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 30, 2009 9:52 pm Post subject: Re: It Lies 220 Kms From Here Reply with quote

 Best  of  luck,Guys.  Clapping  
 
 Regards,
 Nayak.
 
 P.S:  whoever  that  Mohan  is,  I  still  prefer  Vijay  with  Nagma's  sister  and  Ajith  with  Trisha  or  etc  etc  Rock On
 Oh,  by  the  way,  get  some  rare  fishes  too.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2009 4:16 am Post subject: Re: It Lies 220 Kms From Here Reply with quote

 Click  Here  to  know  the  latest  updates.
 
 Nayak  :  
 
 Mohan  .  He  s  all  yours.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2009 10:18 pm Post subject: Re: It Lies 220 Kms From Here Reply with quote

 Folks,
 
 Had  a  wonderful  trip  once  again  with  the  Chennai  team.  
 
 For  starters,  this  is  where  we  went  -  Talakona  falls
 
 
 and  this  is  what  we  caught!
 
 
 That's  it  for  the  trailors.  
 
 More  snaps  to  follow  along  with  the  write  up!
 
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2009 10:28 pm Post subject: Re: It Lies 220 Kms From Here [Talakona]- Pics In Reply with quote

 You  tease.  Waiting  for  more  pics.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2009 10:57 pm Post subject: Re: It Lies 220 Kms From Here [Talakona]- Pics In Reply with quote

 Falls  shot  is  looking  great.  Smile  
 Awaiting  further  pics.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2009 11:12 pm Post subject: Re: It Lies 220 Kms From Here [Talakona]- Pics In Reply with quote

 Come  on  guys...this  is  bad...stop  showing  us  your  a****  and  show  us  what  you  caught  Very Happy
 Cool  looking  place...
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2009 10:32 am Post subject: Re: It Lies 220 Kms From Here [Talakona]- Pics In Reply with quote

 Andhra  doesnt  seem  to  leave  us  alone.  Keeps  haunting  us.
 
   I  had  heard  a  lot  about  Talakona  from  various  people  and  hence  the  destination  was  frozen  upon.  We  left  at  around  3:15  AM  after  various  wake  up  calls  and  some  demeaning  cuss  words.  
 
 Shankar,Bala,Rajeshwaran  and  Sai  were  picked  up  at  various  points  and  we  were  on  our  way.  
 
 
 
 The  Gang.
 
 Journey  was  quite  uneventful  except  for  the  guy  (Shankar  in  this  case)  sitting  behind  in  the  Scorpio.  Any  bump,  speed  breaker  etc  ensured  a  few  dislodged  muscles.
 
 Breakfast  was  skipped  and  we  reached  Talakona  at  around  8:45.  The  only  worry  was   we  were  carrying  nets  and  twas  like  a  reserve.  
 
 As  we  were  driving,  we  sighted  the  first  water  body  which  was  very  small  and  slow  moving.  
 
 Species  spotted  /  collected:  
 
 Garra  Sp.
 Rasbora  daniconius
 Danio  malabaricus
 Schistura  denisonii
 Schistura  Sp.  1
 Puntius  bimaculatus

 
 
 
 
 Schistura  denisonii????
 
 
 
 Collecting.
 
 
 
 CLAWS!!!!!
 
 
 
 The  First  Spot.
 
 
 
 Mine!!  Mine!!  Mine!!
 
 The  second  water  body  was  like  a  small  pond  (small  enough  for  4  TSN's)  and  had  some  very  plump  Garra's.  We  spent  very  little  time  here.  Obese  men  with  nets,buckets  and  gorging  on  biscuits  do  not  a  pretty  sight  make  and  this  was  a  reserve.  
 
 
 
 The  Second  Spot
 
 
 
 Looking  For  Cats.
 
 We  had  to  do  a  small  trek  to  hit  the  third  place  and  all  the  senile  people  on  the  trip  had  to  rough  it  out  (By  senile,  Im  not  referring  to  Prasoon  at  all.  Seriously.  Except  for  a  bad  back,arthritis,  some  torn  ligaments  and  the  like,  he  s  truly  fit).  By  this  time  we  realised  that  the  diversity  was  not  great  but  the  loaches  found  here  were  fantastic.  Atleast  3-4  species.   There  were  some  local  forest  department  employees  who  got  rather  interested  in  what  we  were  doing  (collecting  obviously.  What  did  you  think????).Very  surprisingly,  we  never  spotted  any  Puntius  after  the  first  spot  and  didnt  spot  any  cats.
 
 He  spoke  in  Telugu  and  I  spoke  in  Tamil  suffixed  by  luu's  and  Im  pretty  sure  he  didn  get  what  I  was  saying.  In  the  end  I  had  to  show  him  the  photography  tank  and  make  clicking  noises.  He  did  stick  around  for  another  hour.  Someone  had  the  brilliant  idea  to  take  pictures  with  him  so  he  would  buzz  off.  Im  damn  sure  my  family  wont  be  happy  if  I  place  a  framed  picture  of  me  and  that  guy  (in  his  violet  safari  and  bathroom  slippers)  on  my  mantle.
 
 
 This  spot  turned  out  to  be  filled  with  loaches.  Loads  and  load  of  'em  and  for  some  reason,  very  willing  to  enter  Rajeshwaran's  nets  and  other  such  enterable  points.  I  ve  heard  of  chick  magnets  but  this  was  ridiculous.  If  vonkaiser  (remember  him???)  gets  to  meet  Rajeshwaran,  I  sure  as  hell  know  what  kinda  FH  we  could  expect.
 
 
 
 The  Walk/Trek.
 
 
 
 Still  walking.  Still  trekking.
 
 
 
 Loach  haven.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 The  Loaches.
 
 
 
 Old  men  with  cranky  backs.
 
 
 
 Bucket  fulla  loaches.
 
 
 
 RIP  Van  Winkle
 
 
 
 
 Nellika!!!!!!!!
 
 
 
 Gotta  love  this  pic.
 
 
 After  collecting  ample  loaches  (Rajeshwaran  was  tired  by  this  point.  Dont  ask  me  why)  We  decided  to  end  collections  and  head  for  lunch.  We  had  sighted  a  hotel  earlier  and  headed  straight  for  it.  Had  to  pass  through  a  shooting  spot  and  looks  like  Prasoon  and  me  might  make  it  big  in  Tollywood.  Watch  out  for  the  scene  in  which  a  Scorpio  zooms  in  and  2   people  are  sitting  in  the  front  making  very  eccentric  hand  movements  but  making  no  sound.
 
 
 
 
 Out  Cold.
 
 With  this  hotel  not  being  any  good,  we  headed  straight  to  Tirupathi  and  rented  a  room  for  lunch.  Rajeshwaran's  carnivorous  intents  were  very  clear  when  he  ordered  4  chicken  dishes,1  biryani,1  omlette  and  then  looked  at  us  and  said  'You  guys  want  anything????'.  Really  now................
 
 
 
 A  sight  for  the  starving  eyes.  Rajeshwaharan  placing  his  order.  Notice  the  bewildered  look  on  the  waiter's  face??  Kinda  like  saying  "But  there  s  only  one  of  you!!!!!"
 
 
 
 What  Can  I  Say???
 
 
 
 
 I  had  arranged  for  a  guys  weekend  out  at  Yelagiri  and  decided  to  break  off  after  lunch.  What  else  do  you  need  on  a  weekend???  A  nice  collection  trip,  meat,tipple,more  meat,awesome  weather  and  a  little  more  red  meat  followed  by  tipple.
 
 Take  Outs  :  
 
 1)Not  worth  a  second  visit.
 2)Lets  head  in  any  direction  but  towards  Andhra  in  the  next  trip.
 3)More  of  Prasoon's  songs  and  Im  gonna  become  a  raging  sociopath  very  soon.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2009 10:56 am Post subject: Re: It Lies 220 Kms From Here [Talakona]- Pics In Reply with quote

 Great  work  Smile  The  spots  look  really  nice  and  serene  and  clean.
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 Lovely  looking  loaches...some  of  them  are  almost  polka  dotted,  send  some  this  way  please  Smile  
 
 The  monkey-jungle-safari  shot's  awesome
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 Looks  like  you  guys  had  a  nice  time  Smile...Lovely  Loaches...nice  pics
 
 @  Balaji:  Especially  liked  the  Narration...With  Sai  around.....any  more  cigarettes  left  in  Andhra  for  the  smokers  there??
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 Nope.  I  think  they  re  gonna  have  to  shift  to  smoking  tea  leaves  from  now  on.
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 Thanks  Balaji  for  the  write-up.  Here's  the  complete  list  of  species  noted  by  Shankar
 
 1. Rasbora  daniconius
 2. Devario  devario
 3. Garra  sp
 4. Puntius  bimaculatus
 5. Schistura  denisonii
 6. Schistura  sp  with  broken  bands  (  what  appears  like  spots  )  in  the  first  half  of  the  body
 7. Schistura  sp  with  almost  no  patterns,  just  a  few  odd  speckles.
 8. Schistura  sp  with  bands  pale  red  latter  half  of  the  body.
 9. Pangio  sp  look-alike.
 10. Chela  sp
 11. Wood  shrimp  and  Red  Claw  shrimp.
 12. Mystus  gulio
 13. Neotropius  atherinoides
 14. Etrolpus  maculates
 15. A  lineatus
 16. Glossogobius  /  Awaous  sp
 
 
 Only  the  first  11  were  spotted  at  Talakona,  the  rest  were  spotted  in  a  waterbody  about  1.5  hours  drive  from  Tirupathi  (towards  Chennai).  Shankar  felt  that  it  will  not  be  possible  to  catch  the  cats  from  the  location


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 niiice  place  u  guys  visited  and  thats  a  lotta  loach  u  guys  got  there
 
 BTW  Balaji  whats  with  the  Flowery  Bucket  u  using   ROFL
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 Ah.  Rajeshwaran  had  his  tactics.  I  had  mine.
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