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Old 5th March 2012, 18:36   #31
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Some more pics.

Crocodile basking in the sun - this is a huge guy with a bulging belly. Looks like just eaten.
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Treepic potraits - the colors have come off very nicely, perfect lighting!
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Mom and child spotted dear. Like this composition.
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Some nice bird - dont know which.
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Little green bee eater pictures. Very small and fidgety bird - we were lucky that they were flying and then coming to the same tree branch.

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Old 5th March 2012, 18:51   #32
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White browed wagtail
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little green bee eater
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black shouldered kite.
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Which bird is this? Guide said - Indian shag?
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We also saw - one big animal - sloth bear. Can you make out from the pics?
Just a black shape in the jungle - this guy did not raise its head, so no worthwhile shots.
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This happened on our way out and the guide and driver were in a hurry to get to the gate - so we did not wait for it to raise its head - perhaps, if we had more time.

Thus ended my first safari of the trip - no Tigers.

There was a brief moment of exptectation when we had stopped at a check post and were loitering around - when suddenly the guide heard some alarm calls and rushed to the gypsy, asking us all to get it.

My co-passenger in the gypsy heard - "cop" and was like get in, get in -cops. I was like - what did we do?
A brief moment of fun and excitment - but nothing, the calls stopped and again it was quite in the jungle.

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Next morning - got up at 5.45 am and what do i see - the door to my room is open!!

The latch on the door is so badly aligned with the eyelet - that the door would open if anyone pushed from the outside and i guess this happened in the night due to wind!

Imagine - i am on the top floor of a building in the jungle - which has a open courtyard just outside my room with tall trees around and a open door!

Anyways - latched it again and started to get ready. Was down by 6.15 waiting for my safari ride to come.

This time - it was zone 5 and a diesel canter. By joe - these guys make a huge racket. I was very doubtful for seeing any wildlife - let alone tigers.

Then a huge Indian family got in the canter from one of the hotel. All unclejis and autnyjis and noisy like hell! I was like - there goes my chance to see a tiger.

So off we go in the jungle and the chit chat starts - with the auntyjis leading the pack in snide remarks and wise cracks, i was gnashing my teeth in frustration. Mentally pushing them to be quite

So - we are in the jungle and to a place where some gypsy saw a tiger sometime ago and waiting - and the wise cracks flow.
The guide asks them to be quiet and one auntyji very innocently - "bhaiya chup hone se aa jayega tiger?" and then - "arrey aana to waise bhi nahin hai!". I was like - why did you come to a safari? For picnic?

On to the pics

Cheetal female - ears cocked!
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Waiting for Tiger
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Sambhar female - kan katta. Close encounters of a dangerous kind??
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Male spotted deer fighting - as they say, females are the reason for all the fights (female readers, dont get offended. This is in jest).

Dhanno meri hai! Nahin, meri hai! Hat peeche.
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Sachin,

Yet another nice write up from you . Pictures have come out well and i really liked the Birds and the deer pics. Hopefully you continue to shower us with more of the images on each of your thread ongoing basis.

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Indian Shag is also known as the Indian Coromorant

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Which bird is this? Guide said - Indian shag?

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Those are some awesome pics. Keep the good work going.
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Re-opening the thread after April.

Beware - She is coming your way

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And - she has her eyes on you!

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Went to Ranthambhore with GDsir this weekend and it was a cracker of a trip!

Above pics are of Sundari aka T-17 escorting us to the jungle gate in Zone 3. Morning safari around 9.30 am. Who says you cant sight a Tiger in the morning after it gets hot

She was playing the considerate host - not letting us feel left alone, so was always nearby, so much so that GD sir had to change his lens two times downgrading the range both times...sometime even less than 10 feet
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The above picture looks as though you shot the Tiger just next to your Gypsy. Wouldn't she be disturbed by the clicking sound of the lens and the rattling sound of the jeep? It should have been an amazing moment to have the Tiger so close in the open. Keep the pictures coming.
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The above picture looks as though you shot the Tiger just next to your Gypsy. Wouldn't she be disturbed by the clicking sound of the lens and the rattling sound of the jeep? It should have been an amazing moment to have the Tiger so close in the open. Keep the pictures coming.
Thanks Joe - yes this picture was with the tiger very close to us. I dont think she was disturbed with the clicking sound and the rattling of the jeep, though you never know.

T-17 has been photographed so much - that i guess she is ok with our presence. But we did make sure that we did not crowd her, but due to the terrain and the fact that she was walking on the road there were instance when she crossed our gypsy very closeby.
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It indeed was a cracker of a trip. I've done quite a few safaris with Sachin in Sariska and this was a first with his family to Ranthambhore. His son Shikhar surprised me and rather put me to shame - this young lad of 7 years or so could identify most of the birds in the forest. He uses a Panasonic Lumix and it was a delight to see him take pictures as a pro.

Sundari kept on walking closer & closer and I had to remove the 300mm and install the 80~200. She came still closer and I had to remove the 80~200 and put the 24~70 on the camera. I was surprised at the agility & dexterity of my-self in changing the lenses so fast in the field in a crucnh situation.

Never felt the need to have a 2nd camera body so badly as this time.

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Went to Ranthambhore with GDsir this weekend and it was a cracker of a trip!

She was playing the considerate host - not letting us feel left alone, so was always nearby, so much so that GD sir had to change his lens two times downgrading the range both times...sometime even less than 10 feet

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@Sach.sri
There is something special about your understanding with the tigers this season. Please do share with us lesser lucky wildlife enthusiasts.
Beautifully captured birds and ofcourse tigers Again.
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@Gd Sir,
As mentioned earlier in your log, you have all the luck to visit these reserves so often and also have good sightings.
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@Sach.sri
There is something special about your understanding with the tigers this season. Please do share with us lesser lucky wildlife enthusiasts.
Beautifully captured birds and ofcourse tigers Again.
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@Gd Sir,
As mentioned earlier in your log, you have all the luck to visit these reserves so often and also have good sightings.
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Thanks Cooolcat21 - i am just crossing my fingers and hoping that the luck holds...
Will be posting more pics of Sundari and also of T-6 (Berda male) - the biggest male in Ranthambhore
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We were busy clicking some black headed ibis and crested bunting when suddenly we heard a call coming from behind - this was another guide from a canter beckoning us - TIGER!!!

There was one more gypsy which had spotted the tigress and called the canter. They were standing besides a nallah and pointing downwards - we craned our necks but could not see anything. Suddenly - we saw this magnificent beast emerging from the nallah - T-17, Sundari was the call.
It seems that this is her established route - and she does this stunt of escorting the tourists quite a few times. GD sir had the pleasure of her company in his last visit also - on second thoughts, maybe it is only GD sir that she favours

Some photos of her emerging from the nallah and walking towards us...

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Winking at GD sir
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One of my favourite pics from the lot - good details
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Some more of T-17's pics. I would rate this sighting as one of the best sightings that i have had till date. Imagine a tiger walking alongside your gypsy, so close that you are sometimes tempted to reach out and stroke her. No irritating bushes blocking the view - perfect sighting. Afterwards - i felt that i should have enjoyed it with my eyes, instead of trying to capture it. I hope that i get such a chance again.

As she walked, we kept on clicking and following her sometimes overtaking to get in front...

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Oh really? I wish if this were true. Actually on second thoughts, twice I had the honour of being escorted till the gate... A good & decent host always walks you to the gate.

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It seems that this is her established route - and she does this stunt of escorting the tourists quite a few times. GD sir had the pleasure of her company in his last visit also - on second thoughts, maybe it is only GD sir that she favours
This picture is my favourite. I'm sure you shot her with the lens at 100mm. I couldn't get her completely in the frame since I was using the 300 mm prime.

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They were standing besides a nallah and pointing downwards - we craned our necks but could not see anything. Suddenly - we saw this magnificent beast emerging from the nallah - T-17, Sundari was the call.

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How did I not notice her wink? Maybe I was busy capturing her in my camera for posterity. Even ST 2 has winked at me many a times in Sariska.

Sundari winked and stuck her tongue out too..

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