Shivang Mehta

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  1. I tested the Canon 100-400 IS2 in field conditions in India and am very satisfied with the results. I didn't have to pick up my 400 2.8 prime in many cases. Here is an image from last week. Visit the link below:
  2. Janzin - that image is from an elephant's back. The tiger was at an elevation.
  3. It is the end of season and as I look back at the hectic 9 months, some of those glorious wildlife moments keep flashing in my head. With more than 150 game drives in Ranthambhore, the focus of the season was on Krishna and cubs. My brief fortnight-long stints in Kanha, Bandhavgarh, Corbett and Sunderbans were rewarding as well. Escorting some of the best photographers in business, it was a great knowledge sharing experience on the field. Though in most of the game drives I wasn’t shooting much since I was escorting and mentoring photographers, I did squeeze in time for some personal drives in Ranthambhore and those were the times my camera was in action the most. Presenting a compilation of my top 14 wildlife moments for 2014-2015. Click here for more details:
  4. @@wilddog Thanks to the efforts of the field director Mr. Murthy who led this Panna relocation since he took charge in 2009, Panna has been in a revival phase. The relocation programme in the Panna Tiger Reserve has been done in two phases so far. Phase 1 had one male and four females being brought into Panna and the relocation of the tigress T6 marks the second and successful phase of the programme in the reserve. The tiger in the image is the sister of the popular bamera male of Bandhavgarh
  5. @@Gregor The situation in Panna is very good. The females have responded brilliantly and the park is looking forward to a bright future. The forest department has been very proactive with their patrols and tracking mechanisms.
  6. it was awesome to witness the success story of Panna National Park. T1 – the queen of Panna – is in great shape with her 4th litter of 2 cubs. The park has some tremendous potential and is an excellent tiger habitat. Photographers should watch out for Panna – another excellent location with great photographic potential.
  7. The changing tiger dynamics in Bandhavgarh and the absence of a dominant male tiger in the park who is capable of giving adequate protection to young cubs has resulted in a lack luster season for the famed Tala zone of the park. The focus has been on Makhdi and the Sookhi Patiha female which has been keeping the park busy throughout this season. Working on tiger cubs outside the Tala zone was a challenge and a different experience from my past Bandhavgarh endeavors. However we got 3 exclusive photo opportunities with the family over the 9 day period which were good enough for an excellent portfolio. More than the images tracking the family in the Patiha area and understanding some new areas of the park was a great learning experience. Here are some of the many moments I spent with this wonderful family in the far end of the Makhdi zone of the park.
  8. The days of innocence are finally coming to an end in Ranthambhore. It was a quite morning around the lakes in Ranthambhore. Krishna (T19) and her young battalion of 3 cubs were scattered all over the lake area and there were no signs of the tigers for the first few hours in the morning. Scenarios can however change within seconds and Krishna sprung out of a dry river bed with the 3 cubs and they marched towards the hunting palace in the middle of the lakes. One of the cubs separated from the family suddenly got distracted because of a cheetal fawn and sprung up in action sprinting towards the prey in dense foliage. The cub caught hold of the cheetal fawn but catching hold of the prey is just step 1 of being an experienced tiger in the wild. Bringing the prey down with that lethal blow is the key for a successful hunt. The cub definitely lacked this experience as the canines are not yet effective to suffocate the prey. The painful cries of the young fawn echoed in the forest as the young tiger cub failed to understand how to kill its first catch. The tiger then started ripping the fawn apart from its hinds and started consuming the morning meal alive. Experience does matter to survive in the wild! T19 cub chasing a cheetal fawn The young cub catches hold of the cheetal fawn The cub makes a repeat attempt to kill the cheetal The hunt attempts continue The cheetal is torn apart and is being eaten alive A painful end but the cub finally manages to consume the kill

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