A birder has been tragically killed by an elephant while in Panbari forest reserve in the Kaziranga area. Lots of us have 'elephant stories' but this is a timely reminder to all travelling birders how dangerous and unpredictable some of these beautiful places and creatures can be. The birder who died was with a good friend of mine who I birded the same place with in 2007. My friend is a savvy guy and knows the risks but it seems the chap with them didn't retreat with the rest but rather stayed to take photographs of the animal and died as it charged. Elephants can be unpredictable and sometimes I think birders don't appreciate just how dangerous they can be.