More wildlife from the Bale Mountains !

More wildlife from the Bale Mountains !

The other side of the Sanetti plateau is the Harenna forest..look at these moss and lichen laden trees which are dominated by Juniper and Hagenia species. The birds you see here are all very special..and almost every bird you see are either ‘endemic’ or ‘near endemic’ to the area..in this picture is a Thick-billed Raven. Chestnut-naped Francolin The handsome Guereza Colobus monkey (Colobus guereza)..the highland form has much thicker and longer fur. The Endemic Spot-breasted Plover The shy and rarely seen Giant Hog ( Hylochoerus meinertzhageni) Another Endemic – the Blue-winged Goose Bohor Reedbuck (Redunca redunca) Another special-the Rouget’s Rail…

Ethiopian Wolf !!

Ethiopian Wolf !!

The Sanetti Plateau of the Bale Mountain National Park (2,200 sq km), which is located in the highlands of Ethiopia. This is the secretive habitat of one of most enigmatic predators in the world-the Ethiopian Wolf !! So secretive and unexplored is this habitat…that the Wolf population of Bale Mountains was first known to science as recently as 1959!! This is one of the most surreal wildlife habitats i have ever set my foot into…it’s beauty and desolateness made my mind go numb…it was as if i was no longer a part of this world…it did not matter anymore if…

Back from an amazing trip !!

Back from an amazing trip !!

Bale Mountain National Park-Ethiopia I just got back from a most amazing trip to Masai Mara, where i spent 3 weeks and Ethiopia !! The highlights were: 1. Camping in the middle of Masai Mara..with Lions calling close by at night and avoiding Hippos in the pre-dawn darkness, while walking to the Loo! 2. Fantastic sightings in the Mara-about 25 different Male Lions, many more Lioness with Cubs, several hunts with one photographed entirely! Superb Cheetah sightings, Black Rhino, Martial Eagle with a kill etc!! 3. Discovering a lovely new country, Ethiopia! And visiting the hauntingly beautiful Bale Mountain NP,…

Masai Mara-here i come!!

Masai Mara-here i come!!

The great plains of Masai Mara beckon me!! The site of the Great Migration-touted as the greatest Wildlife spectacle in the World is on right now!! I am fortunate enough to spend 3 weeks in the Masai this year!! The first two weeks would be sheer bliss..my host is a veteran wildlife photographer Michael, from S.Africa..he has a private land-cruiser and we camp out in the wild (a campsite on the fringe of the Park)..the whole day we are driving around watching and photographing animals and birds!! Then 12 photographers join me and Kalyan on a photo-safari! Some photos from…

Monsoon Beauties!

Monsoon Beauties!

Come Monsoon and i get very excited to snoop around with only my Macro lens on my camera..i found these beauties on two recent trips to Mudumalai and Nagarahole! With such vibrant colours, i wonder why Cicadas need to sing for mates!! Just gaze at this beauty !! A big orangish-red frog seen at Nagarahole! I believe it is a Bi-coloured Frog..any comments? The ultimate stunner..the tiny Stream Ruby!!

Young Bandhavgarh Cub

Young Bandhavgarh Cub

I saw this beautiful Sub-adult Tiger in Bandhavgarh on my last trip in June. He is about a year old..just look at his over-sized paws and that amazing innocence in his eyes..which all young creatures have ! I wonder if We can, as a Nation, live up to his hopes of a secure future?

Kanha male-my last sighting of the season!

Kanha male-my last sighting of the season!

Two weeks before the Park closed for the monsoon, we drove to the Kanha meadow..no guests..just me and my Naturalists. I was praying that i will have one last sighting (i was going away to other Parks in M.P) of my favourite Tiger..the majestic Kanha male!! And we got very lucky!! What a sighting we had!! After hearing some distant Chital alarm calls..we saw the Tiger deep in the forest cover on the edge of the Kanha meadow. Then we watched him walk in the meadow in broad daylight…from almost a km away..and he walked straight to where we were…

Dholes of Kanha !

Dholes of Kanha !

Dholes are among my top favourite predators in the world ! There are so intelligent, good looking and charismatic…almost always up to some action ! I came across this beautiful pack one summer morning in Mukki. We first saw them sitting on the track..there were 15 of them…with 7-8 sub-adults, which were so cute and shy!! This Alpha male came up very close to us..stretched it’s body and muscles…before setting off for a hunt… Just look at it’s beautiful brick-red coloured coat..with a lot of white…in the lovely early morning light…I did not notice so much white in the Dholes…

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