Friendly Oriental Honey Buzzard in Tadoba

On this safari into Tadoba Tiger Reserve’s core zone, we reached the territory of the Tigress, popularly known as Choti Tara, in anticipation of another display by her cubs. While we patiently waited for the cubs to show up, a Oriental Honey Buzzard flew in and perched on a dead tree not far from us […]

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Birding in Bandipur

Bandipur National Park is almost home considering the fact that it is less than 4 hours drive from Bangalore. On this trip to Bandipur, our first couple of safari yielded a rich harvest of bird portraits. Here are a few birds that caught our attention. The common Bushchat looking right at us while it was […]

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POLL: Should China’s shameful tiger farms be closed down?

Huddled in filthy cages and starved to the extent their fur is hanging off their jutting bones, these once majestic creatures are mercilessly being killed to decorate the homes of the elite, while their bones are ground down to make “tonic” wines. As few as 3,500 tigers survive in the wild, yet more than 5,000 […]

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Front row view of a Tiger trying to make a kill

We were on our last drive into the Nagarhole National Park when we heard Chital alarm calls deep inside theKabini Tiger Reserve. We rushed back to the area, only to have missed a Leopard that the other Jeep had just sighted. We were cursing our luck when we heard the Chital alarm calls again, and […]

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Close encounter with a Tiger in Ranthambore

This is about yet another exciting encounter with a Tiger at the beautiful Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan. The Tiger walked along the dry stream bed and emerged, as predicted, into the clearing in the exact location as predicted by our driver. And we were waiting there all set to capture his majestic stroll on […]

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Tiger on MM road in Kabini

We saw a Tigress, popularly known as the backwaters female, in dying light on the first safari on this trip to the Kabini Tiger Reserve. We went on several safaris after that, but did not see a Tiger again. On our final safari of this trip in Kabini, we were hopeful to have a good […]

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Noor’s third cub makes a bold appearance in Ranthambore

While the first Tiger cub walked away from us, a third Tiger, the last of Noor’s cubs in Ranthambore made his appearance in a nonchalant manner. He walked right along the main road. He came up to a rock by the side of the road right behind our vehicle and scent marked it and then […]

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Sighting of the most popular Tiger in Tadoba

I ended the previous post on Tadoba with the fleeting image of Matkasur, the dominant Tiger of Tadoba’s core zone. I wished he had surfaced earlier, when there was more light. Having said that, I reminded myself that it was a wild Tiger in its territory and any sighting happens by chance. I consoled myself […]

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