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  1. Russell: Your photos do not show up and the links are dead too. Any chance of updating the links? Thanks
  2. Yes, they would. And maybe the price would go up. Some adjustment (on the part of service providers) is preferable to reduced business...and on the part of the passengers- Some price increase better than taking reduced gear. PS: Would appreciate your findings after the pelican due diligence
  3. Seems that investing in a pelican case seems wise. If only the airline would guarantee that there would be no pilferage or loss (or bad handling) then i would not mind checking in the gear. BTW, from the Emirates press release it appears that CPAP machines may be excluded. That is a relief! But one would still have to take prior permission to take it in the cabin and would probably also require a doctor's recommendation. Ps: Any idea about the size/model of the case and add ons that we need to purchase? All of us normally carry similar gear.
  4. Read all the chapters. Very well written and most of the experiences are so familiar! Thank you for sharing.
  5. What i hear is that cameras would also not be allowed. i also hear that it is a ploy by the US based airlines who are seeing their market share getting eroded by Emirates, Qatar and Etihad. So it is back to our old seafaring ways now? Yo..Yo..Yo.....and a bottle of rum.
  6. Good going. Can feel the excitement when the games afoot! Great photos of the tiger. Pity you missed the chase and the kill.
  7. @@janzin Beautiful photographs, vivid and sharp. The light through the red haze is great too. Funnily, i always curse when we have the dust, but you seem to have seen the opportunity and taken it too. Bravo! The pictures are really something. @@lmSA84 beat me to it. What was the gear you had, if you don't mind sharing?
  8. Does not matter. Keep them coming. We shall assume that it was overcast.
  9. Carry all the gear when out on a safari. Murphy works full time on safaris. What ever you have not brought ( from the camp) is precisely the one you will miss the most! Carry a pillow case or a towel under which you can keep your camera when out on a drive. This way, it shall be protected from dust. ( as far as possible) Carry a K 35 monfrotto clamp. It would come in use when out on drives, where a tripod may not be easy to use. A torch, or better still a head lamp.
  10. Inspired by @@Peter Connan my first try at night photography: Where is the Milky way? Trying to search it with a torch. Thank you, Peter
  11. Peter, as usual, has made a comprehensive list of the equipments needed. May i add that it would help knowing the dark areas and sun rise/set and moon rise/set timings as well as find out the best times for the Milky way. These can be found out through software (free) called the The Photographers Ephemeris and Stellarium
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  13. No Gagan, i didn't. I wanted to, but myfriend didn't have time. Next time perhaps. Is the tiger population there again healthy?
  14. Thank you, Tony. It is a cat! and was quite lazy, and obliging! Thank you, Zim Girl. It was the first time, i had a small lens (50mm) on my camera at the correct time. If i still had the 600mm, i would not have been able to take this one.
  15. The last safari of the trip and we decided to see the fort and other local sights since we had had a good sighting of tigers. Or so we thought. We set off from the hotel at 6 am. The sun was just up: The entrance to RNP is about 5 kms from our hotel and the last 2 kms or so is through small hillocks and forest area. The road is pretty busty with local jeeps ferrying people to the base of the Ranthambhor fort and plenty of motorcycles as well as people on foot.We were looking forward to to go up the fort and had just passed the first forest choky ( gate) when the guard on duty informed us that a tiger was just round the corner. On the road? Just on the side, he said. We cautiously rounded the corner and we saw a tiger sitting in the undergrowth, about 5 feet from the edge of the road. Mind you, this is a road open to the general public! The tiger was sitting there minding his own business and i was debating whether to load my 600mm lens on the gimbal head and decided not to since the frame was cluttered with bushes and undergrowth. The real reason probably is that we had got slightly uppity with good opportunities (photographic) yesterday and did not want a cluttered one. How finicky do we get? At Bhandhavgarh, when we had no sightings for 4 consecutive safaris, we were glad of a sighting more than 50 feet away wherein we could just see part of a head! And now, when there is a tiger just about 10 feet away, on an open road, we are not happy. The tiger was in an obliging mood and suddenly got up and started crossing the road, in front of our gypsy. We thought that the show was over, but it was not. It was just the start. There was another tiger, waiting for the big one to go and get a drink or whatever. There was a kill, which he wanted. As soon as the big one left, the other tiger came and started pulling the kill ( which we noticed for the first time) up: But it was a difficult task. After trying unsuccessfully for about 5 minutes or so, he gave up and decided to replenish his lost energy. I was busy adjusting my 600 mm lens which i had just fixed when there was a commotion. The first tiger crossed the road with a roar and attacked the second tiger, who scampered away. All of us missed to record this event. 4 of us and all missed this. Since i was busy with my lens , i missed seeing it too. This tiger pulled the kill up a bit but was too much for him too. By this time, a crowd had gathered on the road, with motorcyclists stopping too. Our driver tried to shoo them off, but every one wanted to see the sight. Tigers are known to be unpredictable when they see a human on foot or motor cycle. This becomes doubly dangerous when they have a kill to protect, just 5 feet from the road. Since all our efforts to make people understand were in vain, we sent word to the control room to send a guard so as to control the traffic, who came and the crowd dispersed, including us. We reached the base of the fort and started climbing. Such a beautiful fort, built more than 1500 years back. They really built them to last. Today, with all our modern technology, a normal (cement, concrete and bricks) building's "life" is between 50-100 years. The fort has a Ganesh temple and hence the way to the top is used by quite a few people daily and by the hundreds on festive days. The view from the top is quite beautiful. Ranthambhor, it seems is a combination of Rann ( meaning battle field) and stamb ( meaning fort). Earlier this was known as Ranastamb. Water supply to the fort was earlier by a lake adjoining the fort, but this lake was bone dry now. Water is now pumped through a bore and supplies the needs of the temple and the visitors. After visiting the Ganesh temple, we stopped by a tea stall for a cup of tea, where our attention was drawn to this selfless man, in his early seventies, who comes up everyday to serve the devotees walking up. He gets scarce water ( possibly from the lone pump), fills it in an earthen pot and serves it to the people coming up. His name is Gajodmal Saini. A person far richer in values than we could ever be. A contended man. We went back to our hotel. Yes, the tiger was still on the roadside and a forest jeep/guard was stationed there. We did not stop. Back to the hotel, a shower, breakfast and preparations to leave after a spot of lunch. We drove to Jaipur and caught the evening train to Ahmedabad. On the way, there were thunderstorms and welcome rain, cooling the weather. We had a bit of rain on the second day in the evening and again the next morning. It had cooled the environment slightly and the best part of it was the dust had settled down. Thus ended our Ranthambhor trip. 10 sightings of tigers, out of which one could be a second sighting. Hence nine tigers sighted in all, out of a possible 48. My only regret is that we could not spend much time birding. Thank you for reading and hope you enjoyed it as much as i did writing it.

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