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Old 23rd January 2014, 20:15   #16
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Some mistake here, its either T-28 Star male or T-25 Bhola/Dollar male. Star male (28) has a star above his eyes and Dollar male (25) has a dollar marking on his right flank


Beautifull capture of a leopard and SHE (not a he ) does look pretty agitated!!

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Thanks deky. Corrections appreciated.
Still a newbie in the field. The other team members had sighted both Star male and Dollar male as well. So i think first sighting was of star male so its T-28. Still getting used names viz Star, dollar, machli, ustad, noor, sultan....
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Lovely sighting of the Leopard. Have to protest with Anurag. Why do I not get to see a Leopard?

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All of a sudden the guide in the canter spotted a leopard on the top of tree. It was in sitting in such a position that we could not see it from the mud track. We slowly posited the gypsy for a clear view. Then for next 20 min all bazookas were firing at will. Even with all the adjustment it was a difficult angle to shoot. Where he was lying was dark and the background was bright making it difficult to get good shot. Also with 4 gypsy parked near the tree, leopard too got agitated tried to hide himself further.
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Old 24th January 2014, 11:04   #18
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Thanks GD bhai. Yup was really lucky. Very elusive animal must say.


Continuing with the log..

After spending about an hour, we move on to check near the Chowki and Dhoop Chowk for tiger movement. Enroute spotted Crested Serpent Eagle , Grey Francolin & Brown fish owl.

By 5.30 we were returning. Most of the gypsy had exited. Only ours and a canter were left. We were at the entrance when the forest officer at gate informed about a possible tiger movement. He told Noor & Sultan were sighted and they may pass near the banyan tree. We immediately reversed the jeep and parked facing the banyan tree. After about 5 min both of them emerged from the bush and walks just in front of our gypsy. They emerged so close to our gypsy that even my bazooka could not get them on frame. Took couple some shots and decided to enjoy seeing the magnificent mother & son casually crossing in front of us. Both of them gave a glare to us and walked on. Thoroughly enjoyed and must say missed a beat when both passed just in front of us and paused for a moment with only our gypsy there.

The entire episode happened in two - three minutes. Finally must say all grudge towards Zone-1 vanished after this event.

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Sambar deer
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Brown fish Owl (Was very far, and in a dark zone. Had to use higher ISO
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Crested Serpent Eagle
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Gray Francolin
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Noor & Sultan (T39 & Sultan was not allocated ID then). Again low light. Pumped up ISO to get these shots)
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Great pictures there, and lucky you to spot the big cats. I was on a school trip to Ranthambore in 2001, and our big group of school kids was divided into two canters. I was in the lucky group that spotted a tigress and (two/three? don't remember) cubs lazing across the trail that the cars usually follow. Absolute silence, I remember. For over 5 minutes, mother and cubs sat and lazed around, while the lucky few among us fired away with their film cameras. Then they got up and walked on. One of the best experiences I've had on a school trip till date. Needless to say, the other group simply did not believe us and thought we were fibbing. Didn't help that a bunch of 7th graders with basic film cameras didn't do a good job with capturing the wildcats in the low light of the evening.
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Thanks FlyingSpur. There is always an excitement no matter how many time you have seen them.


Continuing with the Log...
By 6.30 we returned to our den. Overall there was an excitement because all the three team had tiger sighting. We had a bonus sighting of leopard. Evening passed on reviewing the shots and discussion about the trip.

Some more pics & a video


Now at the entrance you can see The most photographed tigress - Machali

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Beautiful Sunset
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2nd Oct - Day 2 - Morning Safari - Safari No 3 - Zone - 3

Being a holiday and wednesday, we were expecting local crowd plus the traffic to
Ganeshji temple. All of us were ready by 5.45 am. Gypsy came to pick on time. Finally this time Zone - 3 was allotted to our team. With yesterday sighting , there was a strong probability of sighting in Zone -1. One of other team got Zone - 1. They were very excited about yesterday's development.

As we reached the main entrance we got an exciting piece of information that Noor & Sultan have made a kill last night and they were sighted near Singh Dwar. We immediately rushed to the spot and parked were couple of other gypsy were already there. Within 15 - 20 minutes the entire area had a mini traffic jam. As we arrived early we had a nice spot. After wait of about another 20 minutes suddenly Noor appears behind the rocks. IMO she wanted to get down to drink water. Seeing the commotion there, she sat near the rock. With every one stretching to get a glimpse from their respective gypsy and there was almost a mini stampede as the temple crowd they were getting down from their cars to get a glimpse of the tigress. The forest guards had a tough time to control them.

The angle was very difficult and still we all were able to get some good shots. With the amount of noise after about 7-8 minutes she again disappeared behind the rock. We waited for another 10 minutes and then moved on to our Zone -3 .

Noor - T39

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Old 18th April 2014, 09:47   #22
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Zone - 3 was again and Noon Safari No 4 to Zone - 5 was uneventfull. While returning from Zone - 4 also the we got a brief glimpse of Sultan.

Day - 3 - Safari 5 & 6 were Zone 2 and Zone 3. Nothing specific to highlight. Got some beautiful landscape shots..

The same evening i return to Delhi...
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White-browed Wagtail
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Woolly-necked Stork
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Crested Serpent Eagle
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White eyed Buzzard
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Shikra
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