September 2013

We entered the park from route number 4 and we had not gone very far when we heard a wild noise coming from far away. We went on and were able to locate the source of the noise and it turned out to be a big sloth bear. When we first set sights on it, it was about 150 meters away and from its movements it seemed that it wanted to keep walking on the road which is very common in their cases. So I requested my driver to back the jeep a little and park it on the roadside at some distance so that we would be out of sight of the bear and we decided to keep quiet till it moved away.

The bear was moving slowly and took almost half an hour to move about 30 meters from us and this is when it realized that we were there in close proximity. It did not move away and quietly kept moving towards us and this is when I realized I could get some good pictures from close up. I clicked quite a few pictures as it moved towards us and was pleased with the experience. As it reached closer it decided to change its course when it was about 20 metres from us and it entered a small pathway moved passed us and then again came back onto the road to carry on moving in the same direction.

To get this perfect shot

  1. I took my position in such a way that, if the bear appears in front of us we will get the exact low angle. It is always good if you imagine the frame in your mind before clicking the image . It is like a homework.
  2. We were very patient. (In most of the cases, people try to drive towards the animal which makes the animal scare and they run away)
  3. Because of several years’ experience, I was sure with the behavior of the bear and could predict the movement of the bear.

Wildlife photography is a combination of technical knowledge and experience of wildlife.

Name: Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher/Three toed Kingfisher CeyxErythaca

Introduction - This particular variety is the smallest sized Kingfisher and is extensively considered as the most stunning one as well.

Size - 14cms.    Weight -9 grams

Presence - This is a migratory bird that moves around with the onset of the south-west monsoon. It is found in Asian countries including Bhutan, Nepal, and Bangladesh and in the North Eastern region of India. It occupies areas such as small streams, shaded areas in forests and forests that are evergreen in nature.

Tiger talks from TadobaTransforming Tadoba

Our last Tiger Talks piece from Ranthambore was filled with interesting information and now we move on to more updates from Tadoba. From our experience with various tiger parks we have realized that every few years the tiger parks undergo changes and the dominant males that exist there already are challenged by more powerful newer males. The young cubs come up and the whole place starts buzzing with activity. This is the kind of transformation that Tadoba is undergoing currently.

Pakke Tiger Reserve- PTR - in Arunachal (North East of India)

Pakke Tiger Reserve is one of the finest yet one of the least visited wildlife destinations. Not very far from the usual Kaziranga-Nameri-Eaglenest-Tawang route, is the option of visiting PTR. PTR is a two and a half hour drive from Kaziranga National Park and one and a half away from Nameri National Park.

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