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Old 15th March 2011, 13:15   #106
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Doc. It has become your habit to surprise us even if we come to expect the best from you. For somebody who has seen the tiger only once in the wild despite making almost a couple of hundred safaris into the South Indian forest you are pushing me closer to making a trip to the Central Indian forests only to try my luck out there. Thanks for sharing these wonderful moments.
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WOAH! Excellent captures there doc! Half of the staff in my office is drooling over these TL's on Pench, Kanha and Bandhavgarh.
How I wish i could join you in one of your drives.
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I could count six and no more...
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I too can count 6 , maybe 7 not sure.
5,6 or 7 it still is very unfair. How can these tigers do this, what about people like us often praying to see even one .
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Hi Abheek sir

Its seven tigers , which i can count in picture you uploaded . 4 in left and three in middle .
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Abheek

As far as I count it is either 8 or 9.
Thank you friends. There are only 6 in this frame . Only Six !!!!!

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So, my article on Tadoba i.e., 'Trailing the big cat' has been published. I want to thank especially Dr. Abheek Ghosh for that.

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Congratulations and thank you very much.

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Yeaah! Dr. Ghosh, your patients are in for an overdose of supplements today. Whoa!
Ha ha.....

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And the good Doc will have an overkill along with an overdose post April...

If only he gets time to plan my itinerary....
Haha........ we could finally get through with your itienerary planning sir and let me tell you that I am eagerly waiting for you to be here in these parts.

Looking forward to meeting you soon.

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Doc. It has become your habit to surprise us even if we come to expect the best from you. For somebody who has seen the tiger only once in the wild despite making almost a couple of hundred safaris into the South Indian forest you are pushing me closer to making a trip to the Central Indian forests only to try my luck out there. Thanks for sharing these wonderful moments.
Thank you sir. When and where did you encounter royality sir ? How many times did you encounter a leopard ?

When are you coming ?

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WOAH! Excellent captures there doc! Half of the staff in my office is drooling over these TL's on Pench, Kanha and Bandhavgarh.
How I wish i could join you in one of your drives.
Let the half office influence the other half and then maybe the whole office could take a wildlife break !!

As I told you, hop in a bus or a train and meet me in Nagpur on a saturday morning and I will take care of the rest.

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There are 5 cubs facing the camera and the Collarwali with her back to the camera, totaling to 6.

Unless Dr. Ghosh unveils something that contradicts the above and I end up with my foot in my mouth.

Dr. Ghosh,
Great shots of the long awaited royal family. Thanks!
The first photograph of her and the single cub is an amazing animal-habitat shot, perfectly sunlit.

There was never a doubt, as all over the news was that the Collarwali has 5 cubs in Pench. It also was expected that Dr. Ghosh would do the honors of presenting to us, the family portrait.

'Your credibility', it could have just been a teaser from a fellow member. We know and I personally can vouch for it.


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Thank you sir.

Here's Badi maa, the penultimate Tiger that I encountered during my last eventful trip:

Badi maa appeared out of nowhere without any alarm calls
Pench Tiger Reserve - New season starts with a Bang !!!-img_9957.jpg

The story of this sighting:
We entered Monday morning and staright away dashed off to Junewani where the earlier evening we had seen a carcass of a Spotted deer lying near the water's edge. We saw that that the deer was removed in the night and confirmed the presence of Badi maa with her cubs around us. We waited for about 30 minutes and then suddenly we spotted a bit of the deer's tail on the trail. Following it up ahead , we got drag marks in the soil. Further up we traced the pugmarks to a point where it veered off to the left. We went ahead and waited at the crest of the road so that we could keep watch both behind and to the front of our vehicle.

After waiting for some more time, we heard tentative alarm calls of Monkeys from further ahead to our right. We decided to wait there itself and see what was happening. Another vehicle was parked about 100 meters in front of us. While we were waiting thus, Bablu started the jeep making the guide to put an eyebrow up in question. Bablu said nothing. He reversed the jeep a bit and then turned and brought the jeep pointing in opposite direction, towards the opposite side. The guide lobbed a question at him with his eyes. Bablu shrugged.

Now the Gypsy is completely reversed.

Everybody in our vehicle now kept a watch on our left.

I was keeping a look all around. Suddenly I saw 2 eyes in the sparse foliage looking at me from a distance of about 10 meters. I was transfixed by the sight. She seems to have apparated there. When all of us were keeping a watch on the left, this lady walked silently unnoticed and almost came and stood beside my gypsy. .

We saw her crossing the road right in front our vehicle and then she went on to walk in front of us while Bablu again showed his driving skills.
The following few photographs are a testimony to that.

Marking the ground
Pench Tiger Reserve - New season starts with a Bang !!!-img_2337.1.jpg

Low level shot from behind
Pench Tiger Reserve - New season starts with a Bang !!!-img_2342.1.jpg

Later on when I asked Bablu, what made him reverse the vehicle 30 meters and postin it looking in the oposite direction, he only had to say that he felt that he had to reverse and thats why he went back.

It was A. A. Dunbar Brander who, almost a century ago, said, “Tiger is not much in the intelligence department. It is a creature of habits and it is possible to predict his moves.”

I am sure Bablu has never read Brander. But a person who is an acute student of nature, who has imbibed nature well, does not need to read Brander. He can be a Brander himself if he is among words.

Hence the importance of an instinctive driver.

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Dr. A Ghosh

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Thank you friends. There are only 6 in this frame . Only Six !!!!!

It was A. A. Dunbar Brander who, almost a century ago, said, “Tiger is not much in the intelligence department. It is a creature of habits and it is possible to predict his moves.”
Dr. Ghosh,
There was not even a remote chance of there being anything above six in the frame, it could be lesser but never more.

Also, I strongly differ on the above underlined quote. The tiger is an extremely, supremely evolved intelligent cat. The leopard beats it in the cunning department though..
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Sir,
Superb pictures . U have been really lucky.
Seems like its the right time to visit pench again for tiger sightings.
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... When all of us were keeping a watch on the left, this lady walked silently unnoticed and almost came and stood beside my gypsy. .
That's an interesting encounter and awesome captures doc! I guess she recognized you and wanted to say Howdy.

But can Tigers climb trees if they are desperate/excited? Asking cause I used to believe that Lions can't climb trees but an episode of "Feeding Frenzy" on Discovery channel changed that.
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Thank you sir. When and where did you encounter royality sir ? How many times did you encounter a leopard ?

When are you coming ?
My only sighting of the royalty in my entire set of safaris was at Bandipur and I am yet to get lucky with the Prince "Leopard" yet in the wild. I am thinking of bringing my kids along which would mean matching all our schedules and work around. Fingers crossed.

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Later on when I asked Bablu, what made him reverse the vehicle 30 meters and postin it looking in the oposite direction, he only had to say that he felt that he had to reverse and thats why he went back.

It was A. A. Dunbar Brander who, almost a century ago, said, “Tiger is not much in the intelligence department. It is a creature of habits and it is possible to predict his moves.”

I am sure Bablu has never read Brander. But a person who is an acute student of nature, who has imbibed nature well, does not need to read Brander. He can be a Brander himself if he is among words.

Hence the importance of an instinctive driver.
I think the tiger's intelligence is underestimated here Doc. Kenneth Anderson has enough written about how intelligent they were especially the man-eating ones though it is nowhere close to that of the leopard. He also confirms that tigers used to have set patterns in terms of their roaming so they were fairly predictable in that regard. Keep the experience coming Doc.
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Sir,
Superb pictures . U have been really lucky.
Seems like its the right time to visit pench again for tiger sightings.
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It sure is. I would say leave all the tigers elsewhere and come here and take a chance with this family. 10 drives in pench is worth it.

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Dr. Ghosh,
There was not even a remote chance of there being anything above six in the frame, it could be lesser but never more.
Sir, there are current reports that indicate that male tigers spend considerable time with their females and cubs.

Here is a photograph shot by my friend Nirmalya chakrabarty in Tadoba in which a male tiger is seen in the company of his female and the cubs.

Pench Tiger Reserve - New season starts with a Bang !!!-17802374004bef7f704af46.jpg

And this is what he writes about his experience:

The grasses moved as a cub slowly threaded her way through the bamboo shrubs to the water’s edge. She silently stood, gave a look at the langurs alert in the trees & stooped for a drink. She was thirsty & lapped water steadily with his long rough tongue. Unable to resist a cooling temptation, her mom also sat up. Her advances from the bamboo shade were clearly visible from the swishing undergrowth. She reached the waterhole, stared at her daughter & dipped herself. Her happiness was clear in her closed eyes as she relaxed every part of her stretched body in water. Soon, others also joined in. Three kids walked towards the pool. The last cub was a homely & pampered female. She gave a cozy hug to all her brothers & sister as she entered the water & sat with an intimate contact with her mom. Then the huge tiger appeared. He was the father- king of Kakarghat. Unafraid he gave a daring look with his mesmerizing amber eyes, hypnotizing his entire environment. The family bath had begun! Tiger's socialism do occur. Male tigers roam their territories & visit tigress & cubs that they meet during their patrol. They share the same kills & really tolerate sub adults cubs that is evident in this image. Even male sub adult tigers mix well with their fathers, share space in the kills. 'Secret Life of Tigers' by Valmik Thapar also hints at many such incidents in Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve. This image is a snapshot of an entire drama worth of 90mins duration... shot in a corner of Kolsa, Tadoba Tiger Reserve. The entire family of 6 slept-drank-played-bathed-tried to hunt together. A remarkable footage captured in image & video. Best is that they were not disturbed by other tourists around. They were themselves all through.

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That's an interesting encounter and awesome captures doc! I guess she recognized you and wanted to say Howdy.
Haha.. that was a good one.

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My only sighting of the royalty in my entire set of safaris was at Bandipur and I am yet to get lucky with the Prince "Leopard" yet in the wild. I am thinking of bringing my kids along which would mean matching all our schedules and work around. Fingers crossed.


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Yes sir. plan your trip well and try to be here atrleast for 3-4 days with 8 drives in the park.

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That is very interesting about the adult male.

There seem to be so many parallels with domestic cats. Our current cat is the surviving member of a family of three kittens, which the mother decided to move in with us --- into a box in our house side passage. Whilst the mother was tame, the father was completely feral. However, he used to come and spend time with the family quite frequently.

(he never became tame, but, as he became aged and injured, and displaced from his territorial position, he did become dependent. I could not touch him; I wouldn't have dared! That was a shame, as I could do nothing about his wounds.)
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a male tiger is seen in the company of his female and the cubs.
Thanks Dr. Ghosh,
This male must be like me, a family oriented guy.
It is not a common but quite a rare sight.
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Mostly, tigers are solitude animals. Though, male tiger does not get associate/socilaise (except during mating, when he stay with the tigress for one week at a go) but the theory has been proved to be wrong by Mr. Valmik Thappar. First time, Mr. Valmik Thappar proved that the male tiger of Ranthambore get socialise with his own cubs and the mother. They share the kill and the cubs get cuddled with the male that to with two different family at two different time.
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Here is a photograph shot by my friend Nirmalya chakrabarty in Tadoba in which a male tiger is seen in the company of his female and the cubs.
My compliments to Mr. Nirmalya. That's one helluva capture. I also used to assume that Male tigers are solitary creatures, corrected now. BTW, are those Tigers barring their fangs cause of being disturbed or are they just chilling in the water?

Found an interesting clarification on the below query of mine at this link:

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... can Tigers climb trees if they are desperate/excited? Asking cause I used to believe that Lions can't climb trees but an episode of "Feeding Frenzy" on Discovery channel changed that.
Also check out Page 2; about a Tiger getting stuck on a tree!
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Found an interesting clarification on the below query of mine at this link:
Tigers and tree climbing.
Thanks a lot for the link, I am reading it right from first page till the end now. Very very informative. Thanks again for the link.
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Here is a photograph shot by my friend Nirmalya chakrabarty in Tadoba in which a male tiger is seen in the company of his female and the cubs.
That was an amazing shot by your friend. All these tiger cub pictures are very encouraging signs for tiger lovers. Hope this continues

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Dr. Ghosh,
Also, I strongly differ on the above underlined quote. The tiger is an extremely, supremely evolved intelligent cat. The leopard beats it in the cunning department though..
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Sir, i think it depends on what is considered as intelligence. In terms of reasoning and logic, Tigers are behind primates or even dogs, wolves and the like. They cannot put 2 and 2 together, which the other above set of animals can do to an extent. While chasing something, cats dont even take short cuts - an elephant can do that. But as you said they are supremely evolved species and nature has given them cunning and instinct to make them what they are. But they cannot think in a cognitive manner and say, if I take this route everyday I will be followed and killed.

I feel, evolution should have stopped with the cats - only primates are capable of destruction. Sigh..

Thanks Doctor for the journey
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Enjoy another image from my last encounter with this family
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I was in Pench for 3 more drives in the middle of the week and missed them by a whisker yesterday morning.

I have a feeling that my visits to this park will increase further and you may see me disapper from the forum for some time.

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