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Old 27th June 2012, 16:41   #46
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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.

Never felt the need to have a 2nd camera body so badly as this time.
Thank you GDsir for the appreciation. Shikhar has now started to demand a camera where he can change lens, and i can see where this is all going . But i like it, and hope that - he also has the same interest when he grows up.

I also felt the need for 2nd body tremendously that day it was such a great chance to capture good closeups!

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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..
See...there are some moments that you have to enjoy rather than being busy trying to capture it on film
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One more set of Sundari pics...

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Closeup - beautiful
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Parting shot
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Some pics of Sundari as captured by Shikhar with his panasonic p&s. The advantage of his height - taking eye level shots is so much easier

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Indian hoopoe - he captured this in the resort

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Oh boy, this kid puts us to shame. Seriously. What a sense of composition and a steady hand too.

Sachin, hand over the 7D to the child.
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This was our third Safari - and we were allocated Zone 3 - one of the coolest zones in Ranthambhore. As we entered the zone, we saw these spoon bills and the baby croc

Spoonbills foraging in water for some catch
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Baby crocodile basking in sun - this was sooo tiny...
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Spoonbill - empty bill, only droplets of water
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In this Safari - like the previous 2, we had traversed the jungle and the trails - and other than few interesting birds that we caught near wetlands, we had come croppers. It looked like the coolest zone of the jungle will not give us any tiger sightings in this Safari. I was growing sadder by the moment and so were the others. We already had done 2 Safaris without a tiger sighting and were desparate to catch a Tiger, despondent is the word.

We went towards Rajbagh - to check it out, trying to sighting T-17 as she frequents the area. Clicked this scenary and paradise fly catcher while waiting

Scenary at rajbagh
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Paradise fly catcher, female - Rajbagh
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We had a forest deptt gypsy waiting with us and while chatting with its driver we suddenly a gud number of sambhars hurrying out of the lake in a single file, all alert and the driver of the forest gypsy suddnely said - why is this Sambhar's face all red. GD sir and that driver immediately pulled up their cameras and saw that it was badly mauled with blood dripping and flesh hanging. We were wondering as to what happened and the general concensus was that it is a croc attack.
It was so down, that i did not even click the Sambhar.

We had already checked out the katcha chhatta where T-19 and her cubs are sighted regularly, but the jungle was silent and there was no movement. We came back and checked malik talao - got some good bird pictures there, but no tiger. Everywhere Gypsys were running to and fro, but there was no tiger movement.

The colorful birds at maalik talo picked up my mood. Some pics of the birds

Rudy shelduck
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Purple Heron
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to be contd... more birds from Maalik Talao

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Purple Heron - wanted to capture in flight as it looks wonderful in flight, but could not
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Black winged stilt
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River tern - flight. These birds just keep on flying and diving down towards water to catch some small fish or frog and they never sit (at least i did not see them sitting)
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River tern - with catch
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to be contd...

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Awesome pictures Sachin, Sundari is really sundar. Now having had some taste of Tadoba i am thinking maybe we should do a Ranthambhore sometime this year during pooja vacations (Assuming they are long enough and chance of good wildlife sightings at Ranthambhore around that time).

Would October be a good time for a Rajasthan trip including Ranthambhore?
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No Mayank, October is not a good time as the forest will be at its greenest and even if the Big Cat would be sitting 5 metres from you, you won't be able to see.

BTW, as they say in the jungle - it is not you who can see the Tiger, it is only if the Tiger deems fit to show itself then you can see. Many have had fantastic sightings in October too. You can try your luck.

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Awesome pictures Sachin, Sundari is really sundar. Now having had some taste of Tadoba i am thinking maybe we should do a Ranthambhore sometime this year during pooja vacations (Assuming they are long enough and chance of good wildlife sightings at Ranthambhore around that time).

Would October be a good time for a Rajasthan trip including Ranthambhore?
Thanks Mayank . My first closeup sighting of Sundari - before this I had only seen her lying down in distance and did not have any pics of her.


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No Mayank, October is not a good time as the forest will be at its greenest and even if the Big Cat would be sitting 5 metres from you, you won't be able to see.

BTW, as they say in the jungle - it is not you who can see the Tiger, it is only if the Tiger deems fit to show itself then you can see. Many have had fantastic sightings in October too. You can try your luck.
Like GD sir has pointed out, Oct will bring out the greenery in the jungle and it will also be pretty thick, so the Tiger might be sitting right next to the road, but will still not be able to see it ---- unless it wants to show itself

However, my first 2 tiger sightings were in Ranhtambhore and in Oct'10 like i have posted in this thread. And they were also good sightings - with the tigress sitting in a small water pool and second time walking on the road and we did 5 Safaris that time. And on the other hand - i have come empty handed from Ranthambhore even in Apr/May.

So - it is really upto luck and not predictable. Also depends on what kind of rains we will have this season. Till now - the signs are not very encouraging and it looks that it will not be a good monsoon.

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Its raining tigers in Team-BHP these days ! Great pictures by the way !

Do you have some pics of the tigers in the ramparts of the fort ? I guess they venture into the balconies of the abandoned fort...
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Its raining tigers in Team-BHP these days ! Great pictures by the way !

Do you have some pics of the tigers in the ramparts of the fort ? I guess they venture into the balconies of the abandoned fort...
Thanks Raghunandanj for liking the pics.
Nopes, dont have any pics on the ramparts of the fort - like they show on television. I dont think those areas are open to tourists - only to forest officials and photographers like Valmik Thapar.

Continuing with the TL

Maalik Talao gave us some beautiful subjects to click and we enjoyed it to the fullest. Now it was almost getting time to get out of the jungle and we were sad that one more Safari is gone and we did not catch any Tigers. What irked me more is watching the "VIP" gypsys going into areas where we are not allowed. We saw one more such gypsy going into a restricted area and GDsir said that it is Mr. Balendu, who is now a honorary warden in the jungle. Anyways - we turned towards the exit gate and saw a black headed ibis in a small waterhole - i wanted to click some snaps and we stopped


Black headed ibis
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Crested Bunting
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It was while we were busy clicking these pics that we heard a sharp call from behind - it was a canter and it;s guide was furiously gesticulating towards a nallah and the canter was already executing a u-turn to go towards the nallah. We also saw Mr. Balendu's gypsy there and it was he who had spotted the tigress and called the canter's guide who in turn had called us - all my irritation vanished and was grateful for him to have called us.

So our luck finally turned and we got a sighting of a lifetime with Sundari walking so close to us, escorting us to the gate. Pls check the pics in post #43 of this thread.


With this - Safari#3 ended on a high note. Last Safari left - and we all were hoping for a sighting in that as well.


Purple Sunbird about to dig into this flower - my wife clicked it in the resort while waiting for the gypsy
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In the afternoon Safari - we were allocated Zone 4, and the driver told us that he will drive fast and we should hold tight. We did not know at that point as to where he is going to take us - but we did not question him. Formalities at the gate were completed and we entered the jungle with the gypsy going at good speed. We were rocking and picthing around - but held on with high spirits as we knew that we has something in his mind and will usually mean a tiger sighting. After travelling a big distance - we reached "Berda" waterhole and immediately saw one gypsy standing there looking intently at the waterhole - there he was T-6 or Berda male, the biggest male in Ranthambhore and the star male.

We were the second gypsy and had a good position to click pictures - i immediately focussed and started clicking. T-6 did not stay in water for long, infact almost immediately when we reached - he stood up and started walking out of the water towards some bushes nearby. I got some shots - but GDsir was busy changing his lens and missed out.

However, as i was clicking the pics - i felt something wrong, on checking the pics i realised that my son had fiddled around with the setting while we were resting in the resort and as a result the setting were on Tv and shutter speed set very high and the pics were all black. I immediately corrected and resumed shooting.

Thankfully - i did not delete those pics, later on i could recover them, and this has resulted in a very different looking pictures of the tiger. One good thing that high shutter speed did was to freeze the motion of water and in some pics it has come out very nice


T-6 lying down in water
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Getting up
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Tail whipped out creating interesting water pattern, one can almost feel him whipping out his tail
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He did not give us any time to compose our shots - just stood up and walked away.

to be contd...

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Sunbird has come out excellant.

After seeing the pictures of the Berda Male, I realise now what I missed while changing lenses. I shouldn't have done that.

And yes T 6 did not give any time to compose. Some exciting pictures of a Tiger coming out of water..

If the 8th picture from top had the whole Tiger in frame it would've been great.

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Purple Sunbird about to dig into this flower - my wife clicked it in the resort while waiting for the gypsy

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We were the second gypsy and had a good position to click pictures - i immediately focussed and started clicking. T-6 did not stay in water for long, infact almost immediately when we reached - he stood up and started walking out of the water towards some bushes nearby. I got some shots - but GDsir was busy changing his lens and missed out.

Tail whipped out creating interesting water pattern, one can almost feel him whipping out his tail

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He did not give us any time to compose our shots - just stood up and walked away.

to be contd...

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Out of the water
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Walking towards the bushes - he stopped and gave us the look. Full side profile - huge! This is clicked by my wife - i missed out on this moment as i was correcting the setting at this time. But this is the advantage of having multiple cameras on board
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clicked by my son
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Walking towards the bushes
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Sitting down in shade - in mood for rest. Could not get clear pics as the bushes were obstructing our view
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Look at how huge his head is - awesome
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Different poses of the king

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Canines - killer!
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Lying down to rest
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Staring at us - go away! let me sleep
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Sambhar caracass - We later found out that he had made a kill of this Sambhar either in the morning of previous night.
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With no activity from the king - the excitment abated and the gypsys backed away to let the king rest and wait for him to get up.

Finally it is quiet! I can sleep in peace now
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Sunbird has come out excellant.

After seeing the pictures of the Berda Male, I realise now what I missed while changing lenses. I shouldn't have done that.

And yes T 6 did not give any time to compose. Some exciting pictures of a Tiger coming out of water..

If the 8th picture from top had the whole Tiger in frame it would've been great.
Thanks sir. I agree - just did not have time to adjust :(.


Continuing with the TL

We while we were waiting, a lot more gypsys came in - and GD sir started giving our guide a Photography 101

Clicked some more pics of birds - while waiting and then while going out -

Night Heron
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Darter
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Crocodile digging a pit to lay eggs
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Waterhole frequented by T-25
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Sunset - with Nahagarh in backdrop
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Fiery ball of red
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This ended our 4th Safari. The plan was to catch a train back in the night. We got back to the resort, freshened up, packed - had our dinner and were off to railway station.

The whole trip was a roaring success - thanks to GD sir for arranging everything so well. Also, for the company
Still have some pics of different birds and animals - will be posting as soon as i have them processed.

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Great pictures Sachin. I really liked the Purple Sunbird one. You seem to be having great luck with the tigers wherever you go this year :-)

Focus on the tiger behind the bushes has come out well. Was it the camera autofocus or did you take extra effort in manually focusing?
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