This is a long overdue post on the animal that dons our title banner – the Stripe-necked Mongoose. It is the largest of the Asiatic mongooses and invariably distinguishable from other species of mongoose by a black stripe starting from the back of the ear through the side of the neck up to the shoulder. It is a species confined to Southern India and Sri Lanka.

The Stripe-necked Mongoose is a forest dweller and is not as common around human habitations as other species of mongoose. Crabs and frogs being its choice prey, its rarely found far away from a water source.

Here are a series of images on this beautiful species. The camera setup is the D300, Nikon 300mm f2.8 with 2x teleconvertor.

This is a full frame closeup image at 600mm, f/5.6, 1/125s, -0.7EV, ISO 400

This image was taken at f/5.6, 1/125s, -1.0EV, ISO 400
We got this beautiful Mongoose against the lush green forest floor on a morning safari . Image specs – 600mm, f/5.6, 1/200s, 0EV, ISO 800
This rare sighting of a Stripe-necked Mongoose with a offspring taken at 600mm, f/5.6, 1/125s, -1.0EV, ISO 800
And finally this is the closest we got to a Stripe-necked Mongoose. Taken at 600mm, f/5.6, 1/40s, -0.7EV, ISO 400