Go Back   Team-BHP > Buckle Up > Travelogues


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 22nd February 2010, 02:30   #121
BHPian
 
abheekg's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Nagpur
Posts: 685
Thanked: 172 Times
Default Update ...... The 4 cubs have separated from the mother at Pench

Today I was in Pench for 1 evening drive and came to know that the 4 cubs have separated from the tigress mother 2 days back.
This makes you Fazal saab and me one of the very last persons to see the tigress together with the cubs.
I did not see any tigers today as I went there on a different purpose. I waited for 2 of the cubs who have been known to be hungry since the last 2 days and known to be in a particular area (Alikatta) .
I was not successful in tracking them.
Hopefully tomorrow I'll get some good news about them being sighted with a kill !!

Amen.....

regards,
Dr. A Ghosh
abheekg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd February 2010, 07:03   #122
Senior - BHPian
 
fazalaliadil's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Hyderabad
Posts: 2,022
Thanked: 624 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by abheekg View Post
Today I was in Pench for 1 evening drive and came to know that the 4 cubs have separated from the tigress mother 2 days back.
This makes you Fazal saab and me one of the very last persons to see the tigress together with the cubs.
I did not see any tigers today as I went there on a different purpose. I waited for 2 of the cubs who have been known to be hungry since the last 2 days and known to be in a particular area (Alikatta) .
I was not successful in tracking them.
Hopefully tomorrow I'll get some good news about them being sighted with a kill !!
Amen.....
regards,
Dr. A Ghosh
Dr. Ghosh,
This is news we anticipated to take place within a month.
Did anyone see the mother giving the kids field training on a hunt? I think not.
She has made the cubs join after she made the kill, like the day we were there witnessing... the prelude to an ambush, she was alone, which possibly means no cubs have joined her on hunts.

In this case the hunt may be a little longer than 2 days for the now adult cubs, as they will make many misses before the kill and many failures before first kill.

Ali Katta, has a very good prey base, if I remember.

Pray they pick up soon, they will as it is their genes and DNA to hunt down prey .

Regards,

Last edited by fazalaliadil : 22nd February 2010 at 07:05.
fazalaliadil is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd February 2010, 07:32   #123
Senior - BHPian
 
fazalaliadil's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Hyderabad
Posts: 2,022
Thanked: 624 Times
Default

Another one from the lens of Mr. Max Ali,

The Katejheri Tigress.
Tadoba, Pench forests, wildlife and 4 tigers!-katejheri-tigress-angry-copy.jpg
fazalaliadil is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd February 2010, 10:13   #124
DKG
Senior - BHPian
 
DKG's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Hyderabad
Posts: 3,706
Thanked: 928 Times
Default

This is the second picture from Max showing a tiger aggravated. What's the story?
DKG is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd February 2010, 10:22   #125
Senior - BHPian
 
fazalaliadil's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Hyderabad
Posts: 2,022
Thanked: 624 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by DKG View Post
This is the second picture from Max showing a tiger aggravated. What's the story?
He has been for photography to these parks and reserves so many times he has forgotten how many. These growling ones are from a wide collection of tigers in various moods.
fazalaliadil is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd February 2010, 10:34   #126
DKG
Senior - BHPian
 
DKG's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Hyderabad
Posts: 3,706
Thanked: 928 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by fazalaliadil View Post
These growling ones are from a wide collection of tigers in various moods.
Seeing two of the same kind I wondered if he was the initiator of the mood Its a bit disturbing to see Tigers like this when facing a human. Its most unlike a Tiger to do this when seeing a human (I am no expert but of the hundreds of pictures of Tigers in the wild, I rarely see ones like these where the animal is directing its annoyance at the photographer)
DKG is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd February 2010, 15:10   #127
Senior - BHPian
 
aniketi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Pune
Posts: 1,270
Thanked: 711 Times
Default

Just Awesome pictures ... Love to go there

BTW which is the best season to go there? Dec-Jan? Or its better to go in April-May?
aniketi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd February 2010, 16:06   #128
BHPian
 
sarmarishi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 424
Thanked: 80 Times
Default

Thanks for the beautiful virtual tours of Pench and Tadoba. I am in awe of the luck all of you have had in sighting Tigers. Will definitely look at heading over as soon as I can.

I have been going to Kaziranga every year for as long as I can remember (since I was a kiddo and I am from Assam) and to Bandipur & Nagarhole (including the Tiger census this year) for the 3 years but the Tigers have not thought of us to be worthy enough to grace us with their presence. I hope that day will come soon.

I am currently trying to cover the National Parks in the South since I am based out of Bangalore. Have finished Bandipur and Nagarhole. Next up are BR Hills, Bhadra and Perambikulam. If annyone has gone there please let me know of people like Lalan or forest rest houses that can be stayed at. Thanks.
sarmarishi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd February 2010, 16:56   #129
Senior - BHPian
 
fazalaliadil's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Hyderabad
Posts: 2,022
Thanked: 624 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by sarmarishi View Post
Thanks for the beautiful virtual tours of Pench and Tadoba. I am in awe of the luck all of you have had in sighting Tigers. Will definitely look at heading over as soon as I can.

I have been going to Kaziranga every year for as long as I can remember (since I was a kiddo and I am from Assam) and to Bandipur & Nagarhole (including the Tiger census this year) for the 3 years but the Tigers have not thought of us to be worthy enough to grace us with their presence. I hope that day will come soon.
Thanks.
sarmarishi,
Thank you.
Tigers and leopards are not easy to sight due to their nocturnal, secretive nature and rarity.
I have been fortunate to sight a tiger in 2006 in Nagarahole. If you want to sight tigers head for Tadoba and Pench (M.P.) this season which is already on, You will definitely see tigers and if lucky the solitary leopard too.

This summer tiger and other wildlife sightings at Tadoba will be tremendous as the water holes are already 80% dry even before the monsoons have started.

Quote:
Originally Posted by aniketi View Post
Just Awesome pictures ... Love to go there
BTW which is the best season to go there? Dec-Jan? Or its better to go in April-May?
Aniketi,
Be there the season is on, until June.
Quote:
Originally Posted by DKG View Post
Seeing two of the same kind I wondered if he was the initiator of the mood Its a bit disturbing to see Tigers like this when facing a human. Its most unlike a Tiger to do this when seeing a human (I am no expert but of the hundreds of pictures of Tigers in the wild, I rarely see ones like these where the animal is directing its annoyance at the photographer)
Deepak,
It is natural for the tiger to react this way when they face humans, since they have no natural enemies and are on top of the food chain they perceive humans to be the primary threat.
They will snarl, growl, mock charge, charge or attack if they feel their personal space is encroached upon, the invisible line is drawn by them and we always are the trespassers, without doubt.
A tiger who is human shy will retreat or create a distance between the human and himself, the ones who are not will react in different ways and at times they will just ignore you even in close proximity like the one I photographed at Pench.

That is the unpredictable nature of the wild.

Regards,

Last edited by fazalaliadil : 22nd February 2010 at 16:57.
fazalaliadil is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd February 2010, 17:03   #130
MX6
Senior - BHPian
 
MX6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: City of seven islands.
Posts: 2,882
Thanked: 210 Times
Default

And when man provokes these beast, they hit back to protect themselves. Sometimes, the taste of blood makes some turn Man-eaters.
We sadly are the threat to everything good on earth, including ourselves!
MX6 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd February 2010, 17:40   #131
DKG
Senior - BHPian
 
DKG's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Hyderabad
Posts: 3,706
Thanked: 928 Times
Default

Fazal have you personally encountered a Tiger in the wild snarling at you while you were viewing it from an open Jeep?

Just the thought of encountering one snarling at you while you are in a open vehicle gives me shivers
DKG is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd February 2010, 18:36   #132
Senior - BHPian
 
fazalaliadil's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Hyderabad
Posts: 2,022
Thanked: 624 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by DKG View Post
Fazal have you personally encountered a Tiger in the wild snarling at you while you were viewing it from an open Jeep?
Just the thought of encountering one snarling at you while you are in a open vehicle gives me shivers
Deepak,
Yes in 2006 in Nagarahole, at a distance of 30 feet it did.
The very contorted snarl iwas just the start of what could be, at that moment I thought if his mood goes into overdrive,,,, instinctively ...what and how can I protect my 3 year old daughter, wife and myself???? It made me feel helpless like a small child, smaller than my daughter.. there is no match, answer or chance when you are faced with a situation like that where a warning could turn into an attack, you have nowhere to run or fight or hide.
Regards,
fazalaliadil is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd February 2010, 21:05   #133
BHPian
 
saleem_k's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Hyderabad
Posts: 219
Thanked: 148 Times
Default

A bit off topic but would like to share an interesting bit of information that I recently heard on probably Discovery Channel... That was a documentary on Ranthambore and its tigers. They were telling that tigers reduce their travelling by as much as 70% once the temperature crosses 30 degree celsius.

However, we always say that Summer is the best time to spot Tigers. Is it only the sightings at waterholes that we talk about when referring to summers?

Recently (Jan ending almost) when we were in Corbett, although we didn't see one, many a times we were so close and almost everyday (for about 9 days) some group or the other had a sighting as per the guide and it was really really cold and chill even during the day time. So I believe the season between summers and peak winter is the best time to watch.

I would like to know the opinions of our more knowledgeable seniors here! :-)
saleem_k is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd February 2010, 21:45   #134
Senior - BHPian
 
fazalaliadil's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Hyderabad
Posts: 2,022
Thanked: 624 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by saleem_k View Post
A bit off topic but would like to share an interesting bit of information that I recently heard on probably Discovery Channel... That was a documentary on Ranthambore and its tigers. They were telling that tigers reduce their travelling by as much as 70% once the temperature crosses 30 degree celsius.

I would like to know the opinions of our more knowledgeable seniors here! :-)
Saleem_k,

You have rightly mentioned that they restrict their movement in summer to conserve precious energy.

Their movement is not much even in winters that we can see and sight, as they have a pattern that they follow throughout their life. In other words tigers and leopards are mostly nocturnal and hunt in the early morning, late evening or night, which does not mean that do not hunt in the day...but less. Daylight is supposed to rest and keep out of view of potential danger and prey.

In summers as the water holes dry up, tigers come here for their thirst, dip and prey, as water is the most precious commodity at this time of the year all animals have to visit the waterholes in spite of the impending danger of being hunted down by a predator.

Personally I would say the chance of sighting wildlife, tiger, leopard and a possible hunt in action is best in summer as the foliage is less dense and animals come out in the buffer and fringe areas of the forest for food and water.

Regards,
fazalaliadil is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd February 2010, 22:20   #135
DKG
Senior - BHPian
 
DKG's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Hyderabad
Posts: 3,706
Thanked: 928 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by fazalaliadil View Post
Yes in 2006 in Nagarahole, at a distance of 30 feet it did
My goodness that is way too dangerously close !! I feel it reacts this way only because its taken by surprise and it resents your proximity

If you see that Vanghat Tigress video when a full grown Tiger starts to walk towards you, it can freeze you !!

Just this evening my uncle was relating a tale when he and a friend once were subjected to the full throated roar of a Tiger just a few feet away in bushes in the Adilabad jungles, and that although they both had weapons in hand he said "my knees almost buckled in terror, and my friend was frozen like a rock"

I once experienced the unbelievably magnetic gaze of a tiger in our zoo when we were allowed to go near it in its cage. It was a white tiger and it hissed as I kneeled down just a few feet away. I will never forget the lure of its eyes. What a intense gaze

What an amazing creation. Beautiful and yet deadly when provoked

I am told a full grown tiger needs a range of atleast 30 square kms
DKG is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Tadoba: 14 Tigers and a Bison nilanjanray Travelogues 78 21st November 2016 21:20
Reflections on Wildlife Addictions "Pench and Kanha National Park" Coooolcat21 Travelogues 196 19th February 2014 19:51
WLS Hopping - Hyderabad to Kanha, Pench and Tadoba ExtremeTorque Route / Travel Queries 19 19th February 2014 17:03
Forests of Vidarbha - 2010 Scorching Summer Wildlife Travel-> Nagzira-Melghat-Tadoba adc Travelogues 4 2nd June 2011 21:53


All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 13:59.

Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks