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Old 13th August 2016, 15:05   #16
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Thank you, Ni... er, sorry Thad. Though i suspect you are reading it again.
Yes, it was nice to revisit.

As to my anonymity: one can fool some of the people some of the time, but not all of the people all of the time
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As to my anonymity: one can fool some of the people some of the time, but not all of the people all of the time
Yes, your surname gave it away. I thought it was spelt Dhinathom. At least here abouts we spell it that way. Not sure though.
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I have been to quite a few national park in India but never spotted a tiger.

Last December we visited Ranthambore National park. Gypsies were not available and the probability of spotting a tiger from a canter is low.

True to my record, we did not spot the tiger through out the safari. Disappointed we exited zone 3 and were moving back to our resort.

Plot twist and we spot a pair of tiger in the bush on the side of the road ( 600-700 meters away from the zone 3 gate) . This road is a main public road and people were even walking on that road.

Never expected to spot a deer on that road, let alone a pair of tiger.
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Amazing travelogue! Lovely photographs! :-) and Gods have been extremely kind to you! So many tiger sightings and such great and majestic pose! I have gone to numerous safaris at bandipur / nagarahole and yet to sight the elusive majestic Tiger - in the wild!


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By this time, a crowd had gathered on the road, with motorcyclists stopping too. Our driver tried to shoo them off, but every one wanted to see the sight.
wow! motorcylists standing near a tiger! that too a tiger with a kill to protect . I think that's absolute foolishness and darn dangerous. But again, I guess everybody wanted a share of the awesome view, which is pretty rare to get!

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Amazing travelogue! Lovely photographs! :-)
Thank you, haria. Glad that you liked it.
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They have, haven't they?
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I have gone to numerous safaris at bandipur / nagarahole and yet to sight the elusive majestic Tiger - in the wild!
That is a shame. We have sighted a tiger in nearly every (tiger) sanctuary that we have been to, except Kabini and Panna. In Kabini, i believe that the tiger prefers to stay in the core (non tourist) area; whereas the leopard is more commonly sighted. In Panna, the tiger population, though officially still declared present, seems to have disappeared. Our guide, said that he had yet to see a tiger during the past year(s). Some relocation from Bhandhavgarh and Kanha have been attempted but we are uncertain about the success. A shame.

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Thank you, Deky. That was awesome. The guides did mention some of the names, such as arrowhead and such; though you seem to be a master.
Not a master, just an enthusiast who tries to visit Ranthambhore and Sariska at any given opportunity. Actually, all these tigers are the most visible tigers in the park hence have been photographed a lot.
Even if you see my, not yet up to date travelogue on Ranthambhore here (Ranthambhore : Water Hole Animal Census, tigers, forts and more....)
you will find that from 2015 onwards I have mostly pictures of them. So it gets easy to identify them.
But seriously, your strike rate of 9 odd tiger sightings in 3 jungle safari's (fort trip a bonus) is awesome. Any tiger sighting does thrill you and fills your heart with joy.
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Silly by-the-way question!

What is the proper local pronunciation of Ranthambore? My English eyes and mouth say it just as I see it... but I'm betting I'm at least partly wrong!
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What is the proper local pronunciation of Ranthambore?
There are quite a few spellings, and i pronounce it thus:
Run-thum-bhore
though it could also be Run-thum-bor
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i think by now they are as Indian as your friendly neighbourhood Iyer.
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Its Raining tigers for you !! Luck was at your lap probably. Good pictures, What 600 you have ? Canon/nikon/Sigma/Tamron ?
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Great post and beautiful photographs
Spotting a Tiger in wild is indeed a matter of luck. Yes, Agreed - Gods have been kind to you
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Its Raining tigers for you !! Luck was at your lap probably. Good pictures, What 600 you have ? Canon/nikon/Sigma/Tamron ?
Yes, indeed. Lady Luck was with me.
I have the Nikkor 600mm f4.0G ED VR. Use it with Nikon D3s.
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Awesome report and Photographs Earthian! Your hit ratio was great, tiger in every safari, Wow. Ranthambore and most of our forests have very good sightings in peak summers as most tourists avoid it and only enthusiasts sweat it out. Plus the sightings increase due to dry forest and availability of water near the water holes only.
Loved the Honey Buzzard.

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Now I will try to identify the tigers as per the safari
That was great DK.
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Very nice pics. Tiger sighting in each of the safari is a lottery. And two tigers fighting for a kill is a jackpot.

Thanks for sharing.
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Great post and beautiful photographs
Thank you, Syed.
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Awesome report and Photographs Earthian!
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Very nice pics. Tiger sighting in each of the safari is a lottery. And two tigers fighting for a kill is a jackpot.
Thank you, nkrishnap. Yes, indeed, we hit the jackpot. Here is a video of the tiger on the roadside trying to pull the kill up (unsuccessfully).

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Today morning I had read a news article in TimeOfIndia that read
"Legendary Ranthambore tigress 'Machhli' dies"

Co-incidently after that I read your tlog and hence thought posting here.

Link to the story - http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/i...w/53751101.cms

Hope you had good view of T16 Machhli during your visit.
Thanks for sharing superb pics.
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