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Old 4th August 2010, 12:49   #121
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Absolutely loved both pics doc! You are living up to your reputation! If asked to pic the best of the 2, the Tiger pic would take the cake, with slight rain and lush green in the backdrop.
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Just cannot express how well you have described the journey.
5* rating from my side
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Old 5th August 2010, 11:26   #123
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ExtremeTorque & Dr Abheek
Great pics!! You guys are really lucky to sport the tiger so many times and for so long.
I wonder why I never came upon this thread till now.

Fazal sir,
Your photographs are also amazing. I am sure after seeing the reach of the lens you mentioned, ET would be even more inspired to buy higher gear for photography.

Heck... even I want an SLR now!!
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The entire thread has been narrated amazingly well!! Arun deserves a great applause for this. And this thread is now posted on the TBHP main page for Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve reference. Great work dude Keep rocking!!
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Old 5th August 2010, 22:52   #125
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Default 1 more pic from the time when d cubs were busy sneezing !!

Was lucky to get this shot despite the poor lighting.
‘THE COLD STARE’ - I always heard about it, read about it. Now I know it - up close-img_5288.jpg


arun , waiting for the edited python vid bro. (you can send it to me first)

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Old 5th August 2010, 23:38   #126
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Dr.Ghosh, great shot. Perfect example for the rule of thirds
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Old 5th August 2010, 23:39   #127
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Wow.

That's just perfect, and the lighting makes it even more perfect.

Stunning.
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Old 6th August 2010, 01:14   #128
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Default Some shots of tadoba from last summer

To give everyone a better understanding of what summers are like in this park here are some of our pics shot in May.

The same cubs as 3 month olds
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Mommy
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Mommy in an artificial water hole
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They were as naughty as they r now
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Same moves

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Wild dogs on main road

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Frolicking cubs
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bear family on the move
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Water was really scarce
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retreating bear - Ground level perspective
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In the days to come I will post comparative before and after shots of some locations in tadoba to show the chaging face with the advent of rains.

Who's interested in joining me this weekend and the next in tadoba ??

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Old 6th August 2010, 11:35   #129
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Was lucky to get this shot despite the poor lighting.
Dr.Ghosh,
Liked all your pics. but love this one, perfect composition, light on the subject. Wish I could join you again and again.
Regards,
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Just cannot express how well you have described the journey.
5* rating from my side
Thanks a ton, 350biker!
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ExtremeTorque & Dr Abheek
Great pics!! You guys are really lucky to sport the tiger so many times and for so long.
I wonder why I never came upon this thread till now.

Fazal sir,
Your photographs are also amazing. I am sure after seeing the reach of the lens you mentioned, ET would be even more inspired to buy higher gear for photography.

Heck... even I want an SLR now!!
Thanks lsp! TATR did the magic for me on the camera front. It is now just a matter of arranging the financial part.
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The entire thread has been narrated amazingly well!! Arun deserves a great applause for this. And this thread is now posted on the TBHP main page for Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve reference. Great work dude Keep rocking!!
Thanks buddy, next time lets hook up and do this together. With people like Abheek around, i am sure we can spot all kinds of wildlife.
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Was lucky to get this shot despite the poor lighting.
arun , waiting for the edited python vid bro. (you can send it to me first)
Again, nice pic doc! I will send the actual video over the weekend.
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retreating bear - Ground level perspective
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loved this one doc! It reminded me of the bum swinging 'bhalu' of mogli.
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Old 6th August 2010, 15:06   #131
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Default Untamed Tadoba in rains....

Thanks Fazal saab & Arun for the kind appreciation.
The retreating bear and the other pics from summer were shot by Wildcats member Prasenjeet Yadav who's our snake expert too.

Here's one more shot of nature's fury inside Tadoba shot this june by my friend from Kolkata.

‘THE COLD STARE’ - I always heard about it, read about it. Now I know it - up close-utamed.jpg

Here's the story behind this image :
On 19th June 2010- evening safari, I entered Tadoba Tiger Reserve through the Khutwanda gate & had a very good sighting of gaur, muntjac, monitors & a tiger-tigress pair along the Kala Amba main Road. Weather was perfect, occasional sunshine & nice breeze, but things were not going to stay as I thought. By the time, I circled around to Pandharpauni it was pitch dark with a heavy Monsoon blanket covering the entire sky. The jungle seemed to enjoy the dramatic change as black napped hares, wild boars, cheetals & egrets seems happy & active. My gypsy was hoodless & I really loved the ferocity of the breeze that was planning to throw me off from my vehicle. Slowly droplets began to fall occasionally as we started heading home from the Tadoba Lake. The darkness & the 'ghost trees' really set the drama that was going to begin. We took the main road & made progress towards the Khatoda gate. Sambars crossed us as the rain drops slowly started hitting us & we sat tight on our seats, eyes closed. By the time, we reached Khatoda, things remained the same. We decided to risk the journey to exit gate- Khutwanda. The sky was dark, darkness had already engulfed the entire reserve & game seemed to have totally vanished by the magic of the nature's fury magician! We carried on through the empty forest till we reached Khutwanda around 18:40. Rain droplets seemed to attack with a strengthened army, as we started feeling the hard hitting impacts of the cold droplets. As we reached around 4km, near an interior village, torrential rain started. Nothing was visible. We had to stop. We found refuge in a small mud hut in a village. Rain continued very long. Thunder was shouted on the hut where we sat bundled together on the ‘charpai’ offered by the hospitable nice people of the cozy home. Kerosene lamps were lit & we could see the happy home in dim light. We discussed about the tiger sighting, the madness of nature & dramatic change in animal behavior due to the storm. The torrential rain began tired & loosened its grip over us & we started peeping outside from the small doors. Water tricked down from our hats as we tried to venture out. We sat back. The rain slowly ceased after half an hour. It was already 20:05 & we started off after thanking the ‘forest people’ for their warmth of comfort that they provided us. We didn’t know that Modhuli river was waiting for us. As we reached her, she showed herself like ‘Mahishashur Mardini’ with her fury of racing down from the hills. Her roars penetrated deep into the periphery of the forest & we stood still, silent & lost. For the first time in my life I was caught inside the forest with a roaring river cutting off my path to the park exit. No hood & ‘the tail of the rain’ still showering on us, we stood cold & numb in the rain with the headlight lighting the raging water of the forest river. As the roars of Modhuli slowly settled in our senses, we could hear the cracks of the toads in love & the alarm calls of the sambar in the vicinity. With totally pitch dark on our back & a predator on the move is worth an experience! We became excieted as we torced the place around from our seats. Then slowly, we tried to gauge the depth of the raging waters by walking through it was sure that the 4-wheel drive will not be able to take the deep hidden potholes. We had no options. No mobile network, no human rescue but an open sky & nature watching every us with symphony of her ‘Jungle Rhythms’. We had to head back to Khutwanda gate after a long wait in anticipation of receding of the Modhuli waters. We had to take special permission from RFO in-charge using the gate’s wireless & headed back through the Mohurli main road crossing few cheetals busy ‘changing sides’. We reached the gate at around 22:00.
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Thanks to Arun this thread is turning into a ready reckoner on Tadoba.
I will continue enriching this thread with latest updates whenever I can.

Fazal saab please take out 2 days from your schedule and join me once again over any of these weekends. Its dream time to be in Tadoba for Wildlife enthusiasts like you.


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Fantastic Thread. You guys are really fortunate to be able to experience something like this. It is my dream to see tigers in the wild. I had never heard of the Tadoba Sanctuary, it is now on my list of places to visit...some day!!.

Thanks again for sharing the experience here!!
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Dr. Ghosh,
That photograph captures the mood of Tadoba in its pristine.
What a wonderful narration of the turn of events by Prasenjeet.
Your invitation and his mesmerising photograph has me on the edge to make a weekend dash to Tadoba. I Can do it but much is at stake in terms of work backlog, I still am keeping my fingers crossed.
Wont mind if I don't get any sightings, with the wide angle I will shoot away the forest in rain and would love to get marooned like Prasenjeet.

Arun, your thread is being given the appreciation it deserves. Just a wild thought, are you game to make a weekend dash in your mode transport and get caught in the fury of the Modhuli?
Regards,

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Dr. Ghosh,
That photograph captures the mood of Tadoba in its pristine.
What a wonderful narration of the turn of events by Prasenjeet.
Your invitation and his mesmerising photograph has me on the edge to make a weekend dash to Tadoba. I Can do it but much is at stake in terms of work backlog, I still am keeping my fingers crossed.
Wont mind if I don't get any sightings, with the wide angle I will shoot away the forest in rain and would love to get marooned like Prasenjeet.

Arun, your thread is being given the appreciation it deserves. Just a wild thought, are you game to make a weekend dash in your mode transport and get caught in the fury of the Modhuli?
Regards,
Sir
Catch the late night khurana travels bus to nagpur from Paradise. Call Shri Pravinya travels on 09822275668 or 09822275998 to book your tickets now. meet me in ngp tomorrow morn and we'll drive down to tadoba.
Book your return tatkal train tkt by dakshin express from chandrapur to hyd for sunday night and reach hyd back at 5am on monday.

Get only your wideangle ad keep the zoom standby. you can use my 100-300 mm or my 200-400mm lenses for the telephoto shots if u so wish.

i'm going over anyways and you can always join in.

How's the plan?

Dr A Ghosh

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Catch the late night khurana travels bus to nagpur from Paradise. Call Shri Pravinya travels on 09822275668 or 09822275998 to book your tickets now. meet me in ngp tomorrow morn and we'll drive down to tadoba.
Book your return tatkal train tkt by dakshin express from chandrapur to hyd for sunday night and reach hyd back at 5am on monday.

Get only your wideangle ad keep the zoom standby. you can use my 100-300 mm or my 200-400mm lenses for the telephoto shots if u so wish.

i'm going over anyways and you can always join in.

How's the plan?

Dr A Ghosh
all return tatkal tkts gone.
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