Tragic Death of a Tigress in Bandhavgarh..

Tragic Death of a Tigress in Bandhavgarh..

We lost a beautiful Tigress in Bandhavgarh and the double tragedy is that she has three lovely Cubs, which are about 4-5 months old..so we have effectively lost 4 wild Tigers!! So who is to be blamed for this tragedy and will the real culprits be ever found?! The Jhurjhura Tigress (also known as Rajbehera Tigress, whose photos and story is in my blog as an earlier entry). These photos were taken by one of our Guests, Dr.Muffi..and could be one of the last of the Cubs in the wild. Two of her three Cubs..cannot imagine their fate now! As…

Panna birds and a Tigress !

Panna birds and a Tigress !

Panna is an amazing place for watching birds..a well kept secret? For instance, this is one of the few Parks where you get to see 7 species of Vultures!! Four species are resident and are also breeding: Long-billed, White-rumped, Egyptian, Red-headed and both the Griffons-Himalayan and Eurasian plus the Cinereous have been spotted this winter! The Eurasian Griffon-seen in April. Young one of a Grey-Headed Fish Eagle in it’s nest-on the banks of the pretty Ken River. Painted Sandgrouse male! Savanna Nightjar? So well camouflaged! A beautiful steel-grey Oriental Honey Buzzard. A Brown Fish Owl-with a fish it just hunted!…

Magic of Bandhavgarh !

Magic of Bandhavgarh !

Bandhavgarh is a gem of a Park and despite the heat, the crowds and the unruly behaviour of some people, it still worth a visit! I spent 4 lovely days in this Park recently and was rewarded with some amazing sightings! View of the surrounding jungle from the Fort, which is sadly ignored by most visitors! We saw very fresh Pug marks of the Dominant male Tiger, B2 on a hot summer afternoon..he had emerged from a deep pool of water, just before our jeep reached there and we could see droplets of water on his tracks…and i could ‘feel’…

Spring is in the air !

Spring is in the air !

The Mahua trees add much colour and buzz to Kanha. The flowers attract many animals like these Chital, which find them nutritious and tasty? Spring or late winter is also when nectar gathering by the Rock Bees is at it’s peak..evident by this cluster of honey combs on this beautiful Red Silk Cotton tree, just outside Mukki gate. Why these Bees prefer specific trees nobody knows ?! One of the most striking raptors, the Changeable Hawk Eagle..this one had such a prominent crest! I managed to get this shot of him taking to flight..and the one below immediately after! Sometimes…

Kanha in Winter!!

Kanha in Winter!!

Spring is already in Kanha..but i thought i should begin with a few of my select pictures taken in Kanha this winter. You can double click on these pictures to get an enlarged view. A Handsome Barasingha Stag…my favourite Deer One beautiful winter morning in Kanha..i love to observe these delicate shafts of light.. Barasingha females..walking into the lovely Sondhar meadow; one of the best places in Kanha to see these elegant Deer A herd of Sambar, which got chased into the Bishanpura waterhole by a pack of Dhole.. Whistling Teal or Tree Ducks The rare Brown Wood Owl-so aptly…

Am Back in cyber-space!

Hi..i was out of circulation for long now! A conspiracy of factors like a new personal computer (i fell for Kalyan’s seduction to buy an Apple and took ages to get used to it!), ennui and not knowing where to begin again, kept me away! But there’s one little chap who kept asking me to get back to my blog..Sujay! He missed it the most! I am back Sujay!! He’s got his own blog and it’s amazing! Check it out: www.sujaychampati.blogspot.com

Graceful movement in the tall trees !

Graceful movement in the tall trees !

Orangutans are the largest living arboreal animals and weigh between 45 kg to 110 kg! But their movement in the tall trees of the rain-forest is so unique and graceful! Because of their weight and size, they do not leap like Langurs or swing like Gibbons. Instead they move slowly by grasping the next branch with their long forearms and sometimes bending the branch to reach out. But at times they can move surprisingly fast ! In these series of pictures i could capture the movement of a wild mother.. and how she helps her young one to move..specially when…

The incredible Orangutans of Borneo !!

The incredible Orangutans of Borneo !!

Imagine this…i was walking on the very narrow path in the rainforest of Tanjing Puting National Park in Borneo..just getting a feel of the jungle..on my first day..and i suddenly come across this incredible creature in front of me!! A beautiful Orangutan..standing up-right and gazing at me curiously !! This is my first sighting of an Orangutan ( ‘Pongo pygmaeus’) in it’s own habitat!! He then started to walk directly towards me !! Notice how he is walking using his fists! I started to take pictures non-stop..and my guide tapped me on the shoulder and gently asked to get off…

The Great Serengeti Wilderness !!

The Great Serengeti Wilderness !!

We spent an amazing ten days in the vast wilderness of the great Serengeti, staying in 3 beautiful andbeyond camps. Some of the wildlife highlights: A stunning African sunset! A Lioness with 2 lovely Cubs..she just spotted a possible prey.. She began to stalk !! She went like a bullet..and had this Zebra in her jaws in a flash! The young male of her pride joined her to bring it down..the Zebra was killed only after 5-7 minutes, after i took this picture! A Leopard on a tree with her young cub! A rare sighting in Serengeti!! Cheetah cubs!! Following…

Mountain Gorillas of the Virungas !!

Mountain Gorillas of the Virungas !!

I just got back from Rwanda and Tanzania!! The encounter with the Mountain Gorillas of the Virungas, in Rwanda, will rank as one of my most exhilarating and memorable wildlife experiences of my Life !! This is just a short peep into my experience..with a few pictures…as i have such little time for embarking on my next adventure..this time to another dream Nature destination: Sumatra and Borneo!! Yeah..i am blessed this year..as far as travel is concerned!! The Park HQ of the Valcanoes National Park, near Ruhengeri,Rwanda. Our trek to track down the Gorillas started from here..on 1st August..7am. Francoise..the…

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