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Old 4th January 2011, 17:37   #31
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Great write-up Abheek. Please help me with my Pench, Kanha round trip in the Route - Query sections.
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Also, can u reply to my above query pls?

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MM, i too think badi maa is pregnant.

From Chandrapur, Moharli range of Tadoba is just 26Km and the road is pretty ok. Link

Half hour drive tops, then you can choose one of the 2 safari's. Morning safari: 6.30 AM to 10 AM and Evening Safari: 2 PM to 5.30 PM. Round trip from Chandrapur to back Chandrapur should take about 5 hours. I would prefer the day safari as you can come back and attend to office work.

I have used police quarters as the starting point of the link above as it is a prominent landmark in Chandrapur.

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Abheek, nice to see you back on the forum. Good writeup. My guess is Badi maa has already given birth to cubs :-)
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WOW! Awesome! ...

Those are fantastic pics... you caught it marking as well
I was not so lucky; I was there on 29 & 30 Nov 2010...

keep those pics coming!
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@ET - thanks for the info. I will plan a morning safari next time.

Seems like the doctor is still having network problems or else he is busy with the Jeep bride
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Thats a well written article doc. Great read



Is the Tigress pregnant?



Also, can u reply to my above query pls?

Thanks
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Great write-up Abheek. Please help me with my Pench, Kanha round trip in the Route - Query sections.

MM, i too think badi maa is pregnant.

From Chandrapur, Moharli range of Tadoba is just 26Km and the road is pretty ok. Link

Half hour drive tops, then you can choose one of the 2 safari's. Morning safari: 6.30 AM to 10 AM and Evening Safari: 2 PM to 5.30 PM. Round trip from Chandrapur to back Chandrapur should take about 5 hours. I would prefer the day safari as you can come back and attend to office work.

I have used police quarters as the starting point of the link above as it is a prominent landmark in Chandrapur.
She was Pregnant when I shot her. Now she has 4 or 5 cuties. Haven't seem them so far yet. But I am sure that I will get luck with them very soon.
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Doc, I will be in Nagpur for 4 days next week. Would like to visit a tiger reserve for a day trip. What the best option you suggest?
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Dr Ghosh

Fantastic pictures and article, very informative.
hope this brings more attention towards Save the Tiger movement



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Dr. Ghosh,

Hats off to you for this wonderful treat. Pench looks so beautiful and I must admit that it is wonderfully captured by you guys. Looking at these wonderful animals brings so much happiness.

Thank you so much.

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Default Showcasing the beauty of Pench this winter....

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Doc, I will be in Nagpur for 4 days next week. Would like to visit a tiger reserve for a day trip. What the best option you suggest?
I would suggest pench for a day trip as it most easily accessible. If you are in Nagpur over a weekend, you can join me. I plan to be in pench from 14-16 Jan again. Do gimme a call on 9960332228 and discuss your plans. Would be glad to help.

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Dr Ghosh

Fantastic pictures and article, very informative.
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Thank you sir.

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Dr. Ghosh,

Hats off to you for this wonderful treat. Pench looks so beautiful and I must admit that it is wonderfully captured by you guys. Looking at these wonderful animals brings so much happiness.

Thank you so much.

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Dear sir, you haven't seen half the beauty that i plan to showcase in this thread. But ofcourse to have a complete feel, you need to be here in flesh.

First of all a comparison shot :

Beejamatta in Summer (very dry)
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Beejamatta water hole in winter after good rains
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Waterfront
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Dew rising over Alikatta in the early mornings
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Sirkeer Malkoah
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.................................................. .......to be continued.




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Old 29th January 2011, 08:03   #40
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Default My biggest catch in Pench this season, a majestic Jungle cat; and others

...................Continuing the Pench story, here is the biggest catch that I have had in pench till date. A Huge male tiger 12 years old. Bablu was driving my explorer and positioned the vehicle in a way that I was almost at face level to this gentleman. I further stooped down low and took the shots inverted to get closer to the ground level The results are excellent as you all can see.

Face
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Left flank
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Coming out on the road
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Mid stance
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Walking off the road (By far the best shot)
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Rear left
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Habitat shot
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Reflection
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I had been hearing about this giant male for years now and this was the first instance that I saw him. This was on 26th Dec 2010.

You will notice that I have titled the photographs as face, left flank, rear left , etc.... This has been done to help identify this Tiger and separate this tiger from the other Tigers in this park. Tigers have distinctive stripe patterns and as a part of the systematic study on Pench Tigers this season, we are trying to take the face, right and left flanks and the rear photographs of every tiger that we come across.

I can see a lot of team-bhpians visit various tiger reserves this years and write travelogues here. I request everybody to try to take the photographs of the face, right and left flanks and the rear of every tiger that you come across.

All of you must remember that your drives in the parks are not just a tourism activity. The photographs that you get will help us a lot in our work of classifying and making area maps of Tigers in various reserves.

I ran into this brute again on 15th January 2011. It was a very brief encounter and I again got a series of shots. The right flank was still elusive.

15th Jan 2011
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On the same day in the evening hours , I had by far the best sighting till date of a majestic jungle cat which walked in front of my Gypsy like a Tiger.

Stalking mode
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Alert
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Walking out on the road
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After a meal
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The long walk
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Tigerish
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The Look
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A Jungle cat, my dear friends, is rarer than a tiger and getting a jungle cat walking in front of your vehicle for so long is a one in a million luck.

Among other interesting images of this month, here is a composite image of the Baghin Nala - The abode of the Baghin nala tigress with two cubs.

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Open this image in a new browser in full size and see the highlighted pugmarks of the tigress.

A Green bee eater in superb light
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Green bee eater habitat shot
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You wanna mess with me ?
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A majestic Samhbhar stag framed against an amazing background
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An enchanting forest
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Flight of the Grey headed fish Eagle (A record shot)
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A tangled mass (guess what this is ?)
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Pench is attracting a lot of attention this season because of the presence of about 11 new cubs. I request anyone visiting Pench to get in touch with me to plan their drives better and help us in our documentation.

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Dr. Sahab,
By far the best low angles, It is known as Stoop to conquer.
What a gait and stance this male has, rock solid!
Great shots, keep them coming and hope to be with you soon.
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More wonderful photos. Congratulations on the big male tiger and the wonderful looking cat.

Your tangled mass is spiders?
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Wow, no words to describe those pictures Doc. Fabulous :
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Hai Doc,

Stunning pictures and awesome story. It's clear you're pretty passionate about what you do!!! Enjoyed the photos and the jungle cat ones are super special.

I tried 5 safaris in Bandhavgarh to get one sighting of B1, you seem to have a knack of shooting tigers, so many close encouners!!!

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Sir,
Mindblowing pictures!
I have been to pench for only one safari so far in the evening and got to see only a couple of spotted deer from a distance. U have really been lucky and i know that only patience pays off when on jungle safaris.
I ll be going to Kanha next month , will plan a day or two in pench on our way back. I ll also try taking pics the way you have requested. Any bit that would help us save the tiger is worth the effort.
The jungle cat is superb, I have seen them a few times in Kanha but could never manage a good picture as they dissappear in a flash.
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