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Old 9th July 2009, 09:40   #1
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Old 9th July 2009, 10:09   #2
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Cool pictures, Hope there are more to come.
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...in continuation,

Babybath in Bandipur.
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Grazing horses, Ooty.
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Had the time to photograph the below three landscapes when our Scorpio's brakes failed when we were descending Ooty.
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A truck loading vegetables from a farm at Masinagudi, on the left backdrop is the bamboo forest where the tuskers were supposed to come.
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Surveying a place to hide, (when we reached the dam at Masinagudi) for photographing the tuskers.
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The long sitout, in the foreground is the local guide, me in navy blue, Dr. Venkat in white and flattened out is Abbas, photographed by Devidas.
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Me in the Gypsy in Nagarhole.
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An opening through a thick bamboo grove, Nagarhole.
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This is a great visual treat - Fazal. Thanks for sharing the pics and I am waiting to see more.
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Old 9th July 2009, 11:04   #5
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....in continuation,

Drive through teak forest in Nagarhole.

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A spotted deer (Chital) sprint taking place as the stag holds back till the last, until the rest have moved to a safer distance and place.
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A cautious pair. This was the rutting season and you could hear stag's mating calls all over the place, night or day.
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A Purple Heron basking in the sun on a dead tree in a waterhole. (Totem pole).
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Seconds before the takeoff.
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A magnificent Sambar (Swamp Deer)stag on high alert, though it could not see us when I photographed this one, the shutter sound of my camera was enough (next pic.) for it to takeoff, shows the extreme measures of alertness needed to survive in the forest in the shadow of the Tiger and Panther.
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A rare photograph of a bear with cub riding on its back,(out of focus, I messed up).
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A spotted deer stag taking a stand on its territory.
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Gaur, mother and calf. This is the tallest wild buffalo( some call it Bison) in the world standing at 6 feet at shoulder.
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Old 9th July 2009, 11:11   #6
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Beautiful pictures. Hope you have lots more to go. Also, when was this?

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Wow! Really awesome pics Fazal saab. Seems like you had an amazing trip. Please do not stop the visual treat!
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very good pics. amazing sets of landscapes. hope you have some more pics to cheer us..
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amazing pictures , the forest seems so green and the animals stand out brightly
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A massive Alpha Male, Gaur, at a distance of 20 feet in Nagarhole.Hyd-Bandipur-Madumalai-Nagarhole-gaur-bull.jpg
Giant Malabar squirrel.
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A young tusker in Bandipur.
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A nervous matriach approaching us and making us nervous, two days later this Bandipur- Ooty highway was closed as a herd of elephants raided a jackfruit truck and were feasting for three hours and were very intollerant to any vehicular traffic.
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A young Male Gaur, Bandipur.
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Really wonderful photography.
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did i hear that you had a brake a fail on your way down from ooty , hope fully it was the Gudalur route , you would have had real trouble if it was the kalahatty route.

The 36 hairpins are really not tolerant to any such failures , may a time have seed vehicles totalled here from either brake or clutch failures.

Where is this dam at Masinagudi is it in the direction of the Singara power generation station ? or is it in the opp direction ?
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did i hear that you had a brake a fail on your way down from ooty , hope fully it was the Gudalur route , you would have had real trouble if it was the kalahatty route.

The 36 hairpins are really not tolerant to any such failures , may a time have seed vehicles totalled here from either brake or clutch failures.

Where is this dam at Masinagudi is it in the direction of the Singara power generation station ? or is it in the opp direction ?
Hellstar,
Yes you are right about the unforgiving kalahatty route.
Luckily we took the Gudalur route by mistake as we had planned to take the 36 hairpin to save time but missed it, however after the repairs we took the 36 hairpin Kalahatty route.
I have no idea exactly what direction this dam is from Masinagudi, but very close from the main town where the jeep operators are, say about 3-4 kms.

I have no idea how the text and introduction of my first post vanished, I am again working on it.
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As always, excellent pictures, Fazal.
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+1 to what hellstar has said, Fazal, boss what happened? Thankfully, nothing really, but it is truly scary.

Fazal, The snaps are magnificent, only, makes one want to make that trip, now. Breathtaking to say the least, F5 all the way, through the day.
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