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Old 26th August 2011, 11:02   #46
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Sorry to Hijack your thread thought will post a picture when i visited Ranthambore in 2008
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Nothing hijacking about it. More the merrier. Great picture and great composition. Did the Cat finally hunt?

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Nothing hijacking about it. More the merrier. Great picture and great composition. Did the Cat finally hunt?

And finally this is what that happened
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Ranthambhore beckons me; once again. Will I be lucky and able to see any one of the 22 cubs born within a year? Last heard T-9 gave birth to 2 cubs and was also photographed.

Well, here is the plan:

24th May - arrival at Jungle View Resort around 12 noon by road. Evening safari - 15:30 to 18:30

25th May - Morning & Evening Safari

26th May - Morning & Evening Safari

27th May - Morning Safari, Check-out and head back to home

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GD Sahab,

Wishing you some good sightings and looking forward to a good pictorial narration.

Gajadonga,

Those are some nice, very nice captures of the predator and prey, doing what they do best.
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Aha - so the plans have been crystalized. nice. I will be in MP jungle at that time, wishing you nice trip and good sightings
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Ranthambhore beckons me; once again. Will I be lucky and able to see any one of the 22 cubs born within a year? Last heard T-9 gave birth to 2 cubs and was also photographed.
The below article refers to T30 as having delivered 3 cubs

The Hindu : Sci-Tech / Energy & Environment : Husnara, the beautiful!

So your May trip will have more to look forward to. Or is this old news?

And the Tigress also gets a name, finally
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May trip, hopefully will have more to look forward to. Apart from Husna Aara, T-9 too delivered cubs.

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The below article refers to T30 as having delivered 3 cubs

The Hindu : Sci-Tech / Energy & Environment : Husnara, the beautiful!

So your May trip will have more to look forward to. Or is this old news?

And the Tigress also gets a name, finally
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Old 26th May 2012, 22:30   #54
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JINX BROKEN....

As per my plan mentioned in post #: 49, am currently in Ranthambhore and extending my stay by a day.

Here is a teaser picture. Detailed travelogue after my return.

I was searching for a superlative term for 'awesome'. Couldn't find one. So am using awesomest. One of the most awesomest shot that I've captured of a Tigress with a kill. This is the famous Sundari or the T-17 (queen of lakes) of Ranthambhore.

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GD Sir,

As always, eagerly waiting for the wonderful narration and pictures from you. This time though with loads of the king's pictures.

Bring it on.

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Till about last week, I was probably the one of a few who did not have any sighting of the Big Cat in Ranthambhore & Bandhavgarh. It is said that every Tom, Dick or....ooops, let me use the native names - Ram, Shyam, Mahesh and a Suresh don't come back empty handed from these two sanctuaries.

Most get to see the Tiger in the first safari itself. And then there was I, who did 6 safaris in each sanctuary and came back empty handed. Friends scoffed & sneered at me. I must admit I was disappointed.

Due to certain unavoidable circumstances my elaborate Gujarat-Maharashtra trip had to be abandoned (Gir Forest - rendezevous with the Lion King).

After a hectic 4 weeks of intense work, I needed a break and then I decided to re-visit Ranthambhore. By hook or crook I wanted to see a Tiger there to prove all wrong.

Booked a double room in Jungle View Retreat and seats in the jeep safari. This time too I intended to do 6 safaris. North was sizzling and the Tigers were bound to be found in the various waterholes to cool themselves. But then there was my luck too.

I thought of combining Sariska & Ranthambhore, but an agitation by the local villagers of Sariska forced the park to be closed.

24th May, 2012

Ranthambhore was roughly 340 kms away and it would take me about 5-6 hours of enjoyable drive to reach. Packed a few butter sandwiches and my wife & I left home at 4:30.

Last time I had taken NH8, Behror, Shahpura - Manoharpur - Dausa - Lalsot - Sawai Madhopur. This was a long route.

This time I took the following route:

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As usual the Dausa - Lalsot section was pathetic with an exception of a few kilometers. Nearing Dausa hit a major traffic jam because of road expansion work. With a few pit stops, reached Ranthambhore by 11 am. My friend Guddu of Jungle View Resort welcomed me very warmly and it was a pleasant surprise to find that I was allotted the same room that was given to me during my October 2010 trip.

Nice clean spacious room but a furnace. The AC had been switched on but it would take a few minutes for the temperature to come down. We settled down, ordered some tea & coffee, polished off the remaining sandwiches and waited for the afternoon safari.

to be continued.../-
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That is a fantastic photo. I had a similar sighting in Bandhavgarh, but from farther away.
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To say that it was hot would be an understatement. One of the harshest sunlight ever seen. The jeep would come to pick us up around 3 pm. With experience gathered from my last visit, I had made it very clear to Guddu that I would want different zones for my safaris unlike the last time when the computer randomly gave me zone #:1 four times in succession.

Just to recount, Ranthambhore is divided into 7 tourist zones. While zones 1 to 5 are accessible from the Sherpur Gate, zones 6 & 7 are towards the Kundal side which is a few kilometres drive from where all the resorts are located and also the least popular. Zone 1 is the smallest since Zone 6 was carved out of it.

Zones 1, 4 & 5 are monitored & approached through Singhdwaar while zone 2 & 3 are monitored and approachable from the fort side.

At 1:30 lunch was served in the room and then I started getting ready. I had borrowed a camera body Nikon D700 from my friend Sridhar since changing lenses inside the forest would be a pain and result in loss of a shot. Loaded the 300 mm f/4 on my D300 and the 80~200 mm f/2.8 on the D700. Set both the cameras to spot metering, focussing on continuous AF and FPS set to 4.

Ready with the shooting gear

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On the left is the D300 with the 300 mm and on the right is the D700 with the 80~200.

I heard a lot of chitter-chatter of the birds and came out of the room to have a look. And this what I found:

Oriental Magpie Robin (male)

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Brahmini Myena (playing dead?)

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to be continued.../-

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Eager to get your feedback on shooting with the D700 (full frame) vs. with the D300 - from a wildlife perspective, given the low light/ sudden action/ movement we have to cater for.

Looking at the first photo, You need a camo vest - military ishtyle - will nicely round up the two cameras that look like guns. If it is too warm, you can wear just the military/photographer vest instead of a tshirt :-)
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Nilanjan,

Did not find much difference since I mostly shoot with a set of preset settings. In all humility, I boast of having a pair of a very steady hands so boost the ISO only that much. At the widest I had 80mm to play around with that was of not much help when the Cat passed within 3 feet of my jeep. I, then wished if only I had carried the 24~70 on a third body. Well, the demands never cease...

I deliberately did not take my vest this time looking at the thermometer. And wearing it Rambo ishtyle was never my cup of tea.

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Eager to get your feedback on shooting with the D700 (full frame) vs. with the D300 - from a wildlife perspective, given the low light/ sudden action/ movement we have to cater for.

Looking at the first photo, You need a camo vest - military ishtyle - will nicely round up the two cameras that look like guns. If it is too warm, you can wear just the military/photographer vest instead of a tshirt :-)

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