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What

Tiger Panthera tigris

Observer

ygurjar

Date

May 25, 2015

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

It was our second round in the forest.....earlier in the afternoon just after reaching we did our first park round through canter and saw 2 tigers (T19 Krishna and cub). It was a separate sighting and the cub was fast asleep. T19 was as usual acting like super mom searching for food and was about to attack a spotted deer but gave up as the deer was not within its attack radius..
The second park round was supposed to be more fruitful since it was in the morning. We were in Gypsies, a group of 6 persons per Gypsy, so less noise and a smoother drive aided in optimum eye level photography. We were allotted Zone No. 1 which is supposed to be good and area of Noor and her 2 male cubs. We drove looking for birds and other things. Suddenly i noticed something and I asked the driver to stop the car - It was a Striped Hyena - one of the rare / uncommon sightings and even odd for that particular time in the morning. Our guide / driver was losing his cool & was showing signs of being irritated as we were stopping for each and every bird and for so called "common" things. Suddenly we heard an alarm call of Spotted Deer as well as Hanuman Langurs. We stopped and waited for a few minutes.However, the alarm call diminished soon and the reason could have been a male tiger /tigress who could have been sitting camouflaged by the tall grass. We drove further ahead and after some time we saw a bunch of gypsies standing near a rock wall. A cub was sitting on the cliff and watching us curiously. This was the junior cub of Noor ( we came to know about this eventually).... we parked our jeep and started shooting the "Male" cub, the fellow Jeep members whispered that there is another tiger cub behind the rock wall. This funny cub was running behind the Painted Spurfowl or the Langurs above. This was a "poser" male cub and was giving fantastic poses and with lots of facial expressions. Suddenly he vanished behind the rock and we all were disappointed.....but just after a gap of 5 minutes he re-appeared and sat on the top of the rock facing other side. Soon the second cub appeared and sat just in front of his brother but we could see only his ears and some portion of his head..
Soon this "cartoon" cub started running for the passing Hanuman Langurs and just appeared in front of our Jeep. We captured hundreds of his antics on camera . Somehow we were dreaming for the second cub to come forwards and sit next to his brother so that we can click "The Two Brothers" together. But the cub behind was not at all in the mood to move from his position. All of a sudden the first cub was very curious and watching intently behind our jeep. We were thinking that it must be his mommy returning to the cubs. This fellow was making funny faces but highly aware of his surroundings. We were also curious why the cub was so restless and alert. Soon he got up and started to climb on to the rock... which was just above us! and if by chance he jumped from there, he would have landed directly on our jeep! We all sat quietly and observed carefully.... carefully as he might jump on us but at the same time with the hope that we may get some good shots. Somehow one of the tourists in the back jeep saw a spotted female deer approaching the lake next to our jeep. Now we all realised that "this " is the thing for which the cub was so restless and active. This was a learning curve for me ... that how a small cub (about 14/16 months old) can smell a prey from such a long distance. He started stalking on the rock itself..... but he was on the high rock at the right side... then down on the road we are in 3/4 jeeps... and then at the left side of our jeep (road) there was a small lake where the Spotted Deer was approaching for water. The cub started making faces and showed his hyperactive side. The deer approached slowly towards the water...now the second male also smelled the "prey" and stood up on the spot. The poor deer was unaware about the danger that awaited them at the paws of the two mighty predators. The deer started drinking water slowly... the second cub came forward and now he was on the edge of the rock. The rock was approx 12/15 feet tall. He took some time and then he started crouching and stalking......all were mesmerized and engrossed with the act. Many fellow photographers were lost in the scene and forgot about the photography and were simply enjoying the thrill. I was quite focused
and glued to the 1.5 centimeter viewfinder and never left the viewfinder as i wanted to catch the drama. Of course there were 5 jeeps in front of us so I was aware that we might miss the "hunt"but I was hoping for the best and concentrated on my "viewfinder" only though it was my maiden attempt to capture the kill in front of me. At that point of time my whole life was concentrated in that 1.5 cm viewfinder and of course for that Spotted Deer. Within a fraction of a second the second cub leaped from the rock and crossed the road in front of the jeeps and chased the deer. The deer sensed the danger and started running away helter skelter... but the cub was too fast and powerful and he smacked him with his mighty paw... the deer was thrown away just like a football... but the cub pounced on him again and pressed the deer on the ground and just sat there for many minutes.... just like a winner with the trophy... it might be his first ever individual hunt without the help of mother "Noor". The first cub, which also ran behind the deer as a backup plan, calmly went away and sat a few feet away from the kill and the trophy winning brother.... may be a tad upset as he missed his "kill". As the kill was pressed in the ground and was not visible due to a log and some bushes in front, we missed the feasting shots. We were only able to click pictures of the cub with his face painted in the deer's blood whenever he grasped the leg, neck and lifted the kill.

Photos / Sounds

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What

Common Peafowl Pavo cristatus

Observer

rkg1960

Date

May 9, 2015

Description

Peacock, dancing in its full spread, the most beautiful sight anyone can see. In this photograph, a spot of sunlight coming through thick leaves of trees around highlights the face of peacock leaving a shadow directly behind on the spread out tail.

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What

Owls Order Strigiformes

Observer

rkg1960

Date

May 9, 2015

Description

Spotted an owl sitting in the trunk of the tree blending itself to invisibility. If it was not for the hawk eye of our guide, there was no way of sighting this beautiful bird. Perfect way to survive the wild.

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What

Spotted Owlet Athene brama

Observer

archiverde

Date

April 6, 2013

Description

Detuve el bus para fotografiarla. Identificada por el guía.

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No photos or sounds

What

Oriental Honey-buzzard Pernis ptilorhynchus

Observer

archiverde

Date

April 5, 2013

Description

Identificado en vuelo por guìa naturalìstica.

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No photos or sounds

What

Woolly-necked Stork Ciconia episcopus

Observer

archiverde

Date

April 6, 2013

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

En vuelo con cuello blanco. Identificada por guìa naturalìstica.

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What

Tiger Panthera tigris

Observer

archiverde

Date

April 5, 2013

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Descansando, indiferente a los turistas del jeep y de los buses. Poco emocionante.

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What

Ruddy Mongoose Herpestes smithii

Observer

archiverde

Date

April 6, 2013

Description

Identificado por guìa local. Màs grande y gris que la H. edwardsii. Se nota punta oscura en la cola.

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What

Tawny Pipit Anthus campestris

Observer

hoppy1951

Date

March 28, 2012 11:19 AM IST

Description

Dry scrub-grassland outside The Pugmark Resort, Village Khilchipur, Ranthambhore, Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan, India.

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What

Indian Robin Copsychus fulicatus

Observer

hoppy1951

Date

March 28, 2012 12:17 PM IST

Description

Brown-backed Indian Robin (Copsychus fulicatus cambaiensis, syn. Saxicoloides fulicatus cambaiensis), male. This subspecies ranges from Pakistan to north and west India and the lowlands of Nepal. Dry scrub-grassland outside The Pugmark Resort, Village Khilchipur, Ranthambhore, Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan, India.Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan, India.

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What

Black-headed Ibis Threskiornis melanocephalus

Observer

hoppy1951

Date

March 29, 2012 03:41 AM IST

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Aka Oriental White Ibis. Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan, India.

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What

Black Drongo Dicrurus macrocercus

Observer

hoppy1951

Date

March 31, 2012 02:28 AM IST

Description

Ssp D. m. albirictus. Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan, India.Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan, India.

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What

Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola

Observer

hoppy1951

Date

March 30, 2012 03:38 PM IST

Description

Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan, India.

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What

Nilgai Boselaphus tragocamelus

Observer

sallyg

Date

February 16, 2006

Description

Male 'blue bull' in forest. They are very strange looking animals.

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What

Indian Gazelle Gazella bennettii

Observer

sallyg

Date

February 16, 2006

Photos / Sounds

What

Axis Deer Axis axis

Observer

sallyg

Date

February 17, 2006

Photos / Sounds

What

Sambar Rusa unicolor

Observer

sallyg

Date

February 17, 2006

Place

(Somewhere...)

Photos / Sounds

What

Bengal Tiger Panthera tigris ssp. tigris

Observer

sallyg

Date

February 18, 2006

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Single tigress seen in Ramthambore

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What

Bengal Tiger Panthera tigris ssp. tigris

Observer

hoppy1951

Date

March 30, 2012 07:54 AM IST

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

07:55 T-24 starts to step out of his bath. Should I have removed the Indian Pond Heron?
Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan, India.

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What

Bengal Tiger Panthera tigris ssp. tigris

Observer

hoppy1951

Date

March 30, 2012 11:38 AM IST

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Here's one of the famous documentary star Machli, aka 'The Lady of the Lake' and the 'Crocodile Killer is the most photographed wild tiger in the world. At 16 years old, she's Ranthambore's oldest tiger, but with just half a canine left, she may not survive much longer in the wild.
Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan, India.

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What

Sambar Rusa unicolor

Observer

hoppy1951

Date

March 29, 2012 09:13 AM IST

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

One of a group feeding on pondweed. Love the ears!

Rajbagh Lake, Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan, India.

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What

Bengal Tiger Panthera tigris ssp. tigris

Observer

hoppy1951

Date

July 2, 2012 05:12 PM IST

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

3/3 Thankfully, she decided that an old, bespectacled, overweight Welshman wasn't to her taste. So she's off down the shop for some spotted deer or wild boar - a far tastier supper!
Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan, India.

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What

Bengal Tiger Panthera tigris ssp. tigris

Observer

hoppy1951

Date

March 30, 2012 02:54 AM IST

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

T24, mature male, leaves his early morning bath. Peahens in the background, plus an Indian Pond Heron taking flight above the tiger's tail. Open jeep/gypsy - ca. 30m, 300mm lens.
Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan, India.

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What

Bengal Tiger Panthera tigris ssp. tigris

Observer

hoppy1951

Date

March 30, 2012 03:01 AM IST

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Mature male, T24, walking towards me.
Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan, India.

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What

Bengal Tiger Panthera tigris ssp. tigris

Observer

hoppy1951

Date

March 30, 2012 12:00 AM IST

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

T24 takes an early morning stroll after his bath.

Open jeep/gypsy - 15m, 300mm lens.

Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan, India.

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What

Bengal Tiger Panthera tigris ssp. tigris

Observer

hoppy1951

Date

March 30, 2012 07:06 AM IST

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

2/3 Just look into my eyes - hypnotic!
One of Machli's daughters - Sundari (T-17), looking directly at me through my lens.
News - she was spotted with 3 new cubs on Friday morning, 29th June, 2012.
Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan, India.

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What

Bengal Tiger Panthera tigris ssp. tigris

Observer

hoppy1951

Date

March 30, 2012 12:00 AM IST

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Tiger, a male named T24, walking towards me. He's still wet after enjoying his early morning bath.

Open jeep/gypsy - 30m, 300mm lens.

Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan, India.

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What

Bengal Tiger Panthera tigris ssp. tigris

Observer

hoppy1951

Date

March 30, 2012 04:28 PM IST

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

4/5 Machli walking past. Machli, aka 'The Lady of the Lake' and the 'Crocodile Killer is the most photographed wild tiger in the world and star of a number of documentaries. At 16 years old, she's Ranthambore's oldest tiger, but with just half a canine left, she may not survive much longer in the wild.
Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan, India.

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What

Bengal Tiger Panthera tigris ssp. tigris

Observer

hoppy1951

Date

March 30, 2012 04:28 PM IST

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

2/5 Much to my delight, she then started walking down the hillside towards me.
Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan, India.

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What

Bengal Tiger Panthera tigris ssp. tigris

Observer

hoppy1951

Date

March 30, 2012 07:53 AM IST

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

I started watching T-24 taking his morning bath at 07:30, but the view was obstructed by tree branches, so the shots weren't very good. With the help of my guide, Mahaveer, I managed get a better view by balancing on top the Gypsy/jeep roll bar and propping myself a against a tree trunk. At 07:53 I managed to get my first decent shot of the magnificent T-24, looking up at me from his morning bath. An Indian Pond Heron looks on.
Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan, India.