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Old 23rd March 2011, 20:41   #106
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Adding to what Fazal Bhai mentioned, most parks open from October till June. The Jhirna sector in Corbett is open round the year, but has one of the lowest sightings.

Sariska is open round the year but I can't say about sightings in September. Dried natural waterholes atop the hill and deep inside get filled up during rainy season, so the predator may not come out.

If this year the rains are anything like that in last year, then plan your itinerary only post December.

I went to Ranthambhore in the first week of October, '10, did 6 back-to-back safaris and had no sightings. Every single waterhole, lake were brimming & overflowing. It was one of the greenest forest that I had ever seen. And now it is raining Tigers in Ranthambhore; everyday 4 to 5 sightings...
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Old 23rd March 2011, 22:14   #107
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@laluks,
Sir, I am a novice in this. Dr Abheek Ghosh is the right person here who has vast experience and always kind to help people new to the jungles.
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@nanduchitnis,
Sir the veterans have already given you detailed choices.
In my opinion I would single out only Kanha among the MP national parks as I have not visited any up north.
Kanha is a very beautiful jungle with a resort inside the park, my pictures speak about the jungle.
Wildlife sighting to me is more of luck, and I have had very good sightings there. The park opens by mid October so you will have to plan towards the end of the year.
Any National Park you choose to stay, it is always a wonderful experience.
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We start our morning safari, as this was the last safari in this trip , today was the last opportunity for the tigers to visit us.
I started the log about people being tiger-centric and saying I had kind of grown out of it, then why would i be thinking of the tiger so often. Its such that after having the best of the experience we still have that eagerness to have at least one glance of the magnificent tiger.

Drove through a beautiful morning .

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We reached the same place as the previous evening where we had seen the family of four. And like always the male cub was making a lot of noise making the langoors and sambar deer scream out Tiger Tiger.
The queue was long our driver decided to wait a bit far away from the crowd as he assured us that if the cubs were to walk out of the shrubs they will surely walk right next to our gypsy. So we adhere to his advice as he really knows the jungles well.


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A spider web

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The sambar deer crying out

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And then they finally decide to visit us, the tigress was not with them.
So it was 15 month old one male and 2 female cubs . We were told the male cub was already looking bigger than the mother.
I like posting pictures in a sequence even if they look similar ,as they give the complete experience . I prefer these continuous photographs to video.

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The timid sister follows

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Old 24th March 2011, 17:06   #109
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Beautiful pictures. You quite obviously have a natural flair for photography. I like the way you compose the frame. Great work and thanks for sharing
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Coooolcat21,
Beautiful, just beautiful...the way you write, build up the climax and finally make a presentation that is worth the wait.

Guys like me shoot but lack the presentation skills, when I draw parallels, its like a beautiful recipie not well presented when it arrives on the table. Yours is a masterchef's recepie and presentation.

Landscapes, if you are ever going to take classes on this subject, enroll me as your first student. The tigers have been framed flawlessly well. Just loved the sequential photographs of the cubs. The second (displaying awesome blending of stripes and grass) and the second last in the tiger sequence are my pick.

This is what I meant when I warned about the storm at the start of your thread. And this is just your second thread.
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Old 24th March 2011, 21:56   #111
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Beautiful pictures. You quite obviously have a natural flair for photography. I like the way you compose the frame. Great work and thanks for sharing
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Thank you for following my log and liking it too.
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Coooolcat21,
Beautiful, just beautiful...the way you write, build up the climax and finally make a presentation that is worth the wait.

Guys like me shoot but lack the presentation skills, when I draw parallels, its like a beautiful recipie not well presented when it arrives on the table. Yours is a masterchef's recepie and presentation.

Landscapes, if you are ever going to take classes on this subject, enroll me as your first student. The tigers have been framed flawlessly well. Just loved the sequential photographs of the cubs. The second (displaying awesome blending of stripes and grass) and the second last in the tiger sequence are my pick.

This is what I meant when I warned about the storm at the start of your thread. And this is just your second thread.
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Sir,
Thanks again for all your appreciation. True its just my 2nd log, but its a long way to the 4th.
The storm will last a wee bit more..
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Old 24th March 2011, 23:02   #112
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Unless you already have, someday you and the family should make it to Corbett. Its a hauntingly beautiful jungle. It would be interesting to see how a good photographer captures the magic of that forest
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And the TIGERS come to life ...excellent photography and write up.

Thanks a ton....
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Unless you already have, someday you and the family should make it to Corbett. Its a hauntingly beautiful jungle. It would be interesting to see how a good photographer captures the magic of that forest
Sir,
Thank you for the encouragement,I have not been to Corbett will surely put that on my list. I ll be going to leh in August so will try taking some pictures of a different terrain
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And the TIGERS come to life ...excellent photography and write up.

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Thank you
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I ll be going to leh in August
You just might run into us ! We are planning a motorcycle trip in August
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Great photos! great narration!

The photo below drags the most attention. Probably gives a strong message.

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It reminds me of the documentary movie 'truth about tigers' (A must watch) where they mention that tourism is more of a problem than solution to tiger conservation. Those tigers must be really annoyed with so many people around. Forest department in Nagarhole-Karnataka had bannned drivers communicating over radio to prevent such overcrowding. Wonder if it is in force everywhere.
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Kanha, Pench, Tadoba, Corbett or Bandhvgad...where do I go first? Never been inside a Jungle but want to camp there for a few weeks in September.
Tadoba is your best bet sir - also for Tiger sightings during the monsoons. Check out what we got in the rains in Tadoba last year Login | Facebook
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Bandipur will be open too but there are very limited number of tigers there.

We will have to see how Sariska fares if its open in the rains this year.

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@laluks,
Sir, I am a novice in this. Dr Abheek Ghosh is the right person here who has vast experience and always kind to help people new to the jungles.
Regards
I am a beginner too. But yes, it would be my pleasure to help all of you plan your trips.

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We reached the same place as the previous evening where we had seen the family of four. And like always the male cub was making a lot of noise making the langoors and sambar deer scream out Tiger Tiger.
The queue was long our driver decided to wait a bit far away from the crowd as he assured us that if the cubs were to walk out of the shrubs they will surely walk right next to our gypsy. So we adhere to his advice as he really knows the jungles well.




And then they finally decide to visit us, the tigress was not with them.
So it was 15 month old one male and 2 female cubs . We were told the male cub was already looking bigger than the mother.
I like posting pictures in a sequence even if they look similar ,as they give the complete experience . I prefer these continuous photographs to video.
Are these the Tigers near the Mukki gate ?
Did you manage to get the right, left, head shots of all the Tigers. Pl mail them to me if you have done so. Will be a good addition to our database from around the country.

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Great photos! great narration!

The photo below drags the most attention. Probably gives a strong message.


It reminds me of the documentary movie 'truth about tigers' (A must watch) where they mention that tourism is more of a problem than solution to tiger conservation. Those tigers must be really annoyed with so many people around. Forest department in Nagarhole-Karnataka had bannned drivers communicating over radio to prevent such overcrowding. Wonder if it is in force everywhere.
Pench and Bandhavgad Tiger reserves have banned the use of radio devices in the tourist gypsies from this season. Not sure about Kanha.

Dr. A Ghosh


@coolcat: sorry to hijack your thread with my pics

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@DKG,
Sir that would be nice.
Regards
@kvish,
Since the times I have been visiting Kanha, there has never been radio communication allowed. The drivers generally communicate by stopping on the way and exchanging information.
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@Doc Abheek
The Tiger family precisely has been seen at stellar heights. They are the cubs of the Umra Pani Tigress. A vedio recording of her is on my previous log.
I dont have such pictures that can help your database.
Btw I think you should change the name of your location to "Waghpur"
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Now continuing with the sequence of action..

The cubs were nearing the road to cross it , and as our driver had said, they were going to cross from just behind our gypsy, by then the rest of the vehicles started rushing to have a glimpse. Our driver has a clout among the other drivers so he made sure no one blocked their way and maintained distance.

The stage was set.

But then came a speeding gypsy from the other side which startled the cubs, causing the timid cub to run back into some shrubs and the other female cub rushed across the road and disappeared in a jiffy.

The scene was ruined.

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While all this was happening the male cub was unperturbed and busy with his own agenda.
After a while he decided to cross the road and walk away into the dense forest.

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The show was over.

But then it never stops for some.

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!! Whoooa !! It's raining Tigers!!

Cool Cat, feasting on the pics !! Awesome !!

Doc thanx a zillion for the info and the Vids.
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