Sharad Kumar Vats

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  1. Hi @dipa123 absolutely brilliant experience. Seems like the good old days of Bandhavgarh are back. And the experience of photographing Tigers in Kanha still remains unparalleled. Though Kanha is ore for the patient mind. But once you get the Tiger on road then it is your talent, and experience to capitalize on the opportunity presented to you. Best Sharad
  2. An absolutely stunning 6 days in Kanha and Bandhavgarh in first week of October 2017. I have been regular to these two parks for about 2 decades now. Both are very unique and compliment each other very well. Yes, Tiger sighting is a matter of luck, but you can maximize your luck by doing all possible safaris during your stay. I started with Kanha, and first two safaris were blank, i.e, no Tiger sighting. We were hearing alarm calls, and seeing regular pug marks but did not sight the elusive one. My focus this visit was only Chotta Munna the son of Legendary Munna who is still kicking and alive at 15+. Why Chotta Munna? As i wanted to complete the family tree of Munna. Having seen the father of Munna, then the mighty Munna himself, and also Umarpani male the son from first litter of Munna, and i was keen to see Chotta Munna. He finally showed up, and royally at that. Walked behind our vehicle for good 10 minutes. He had showed his confidence good two years back itself when still a sub adult he had challenged the likes of Bheema, and Kingfisher two grown up male Tigers of Kanha. His persistence to dominate got him the better of Bheema, whom he delat a mortal blow in October 2015. Summer of 2017 he spent making his intention clear to the dominant Umarpani male. Couple of fights happened, one was serious in which both came out bleeding. But he has not given up an inch of his territory to Umarpani. Perhaps after Kingfisher and Bheema died, Umarpani male also realised that there is no need to fight now. There is plenty of space, prey and Tigresses in their respective areas. Though one can never be certain about two grown up male Tigers. They are born to fight, live fighting, and go down fighting. But it will be only good for Kanha if both these specimen, i.e. Umarpani male and Chotta Munna male survive. For they are real strong genes. Having felt satiated with this huge male i moved onwards to Bandhavgarh where my tickets were booked, and i was keen to see some Tiger cubs. Like always, Bandhavgarh yet again did not disappoint. What an a experience of two sets of cubs in Bandhavgarh. One sub adult, of Rajbhera Tigress, and same evening three ten month old cubs of Kankati Jr. These three cubs we saw by themselves and were wondering where was the mother. It was brought to our notice about 10 days later that a dead Tiger was found about a km away from this area. Nothing has been concluded if it was a natural death or an unnatural one. Though chances of latter are much higher. The forest department has acted very proactively and done the best in the situation. They have got these three cubs in an enlarged enclosure, and once adult they might be relocated in adjoining Sanjay National Park, which has fewer Tigers. The coming season in Bandhavgarh and Kanha is going to be a cub season. Both the parks after a long time are brimming with cubs. So delay no longer, and book your self in soon. Best Wishes Sharad Kumar Vats
  3. Just came back from Kanha and Bandhavgarh National Park after spending a week in these parks. Both the parks lived upto their reputation of big amongst the top parks as far as Tiger sightings are concerned. How different is each park from the other, and how different the Tiger sightings are as well. Both seem to compliment each other so well. Sightings of cubs together, playing, jumping, fighting, and all this during heavy downpour, what an unforgettable experience in Bandhavgarh national park. It is absolutly a privilege to be ahead (during safari) of some of the biggest Tigers of all times in Kanha. be it the Umarpani male, Munna, or lately Chotta Munna. This time it was Chotta Munna also known as Link 7 male who followed our Jeep for good 10 minutes. To judge the size of the Tiger it is important to get a clear view of his front head. And Chotta Munna did not disappoint. I would love to call him, "The Rock". Amazing, height, length, skull, and pure muscle, this guys is her to stay and Rock. Best Wishes Sharad Vats
  4. You are right @Dipa123 that the safaris get full very quickly. This is because there are very limited safari permits now, and the demand is very high. So whoever plans the safaris atleast 120 days before is able to secure the permits comfortably. Anything less than 120 days is taking a chance. 4 years back it was very easy to get safari permits, but after the Supreme Court reduced the number of vehicles after calculating the carrying capacity of the national parks things are not the same. In a way it is good for wildlife as now only people who plan earlier are able to get the permits and yes the human imprint on the forests has reduced. Regards Sharad
  5. You are right, it is concerning, though lower today than Africa but our numbers too are much lower, hence the risk is much higher. Our human population, being a developing country, destruction happening everywhere, highways being built, forests being cut, dams being built. It is unfortunate that wildlife has to take the brunt for nothing that they demand, desire or need. Elephant poaching cases are not such a big concern as the train accidents. I just fail to understand how can a train driver miss such a huge mammal on the tracks. And it is not that they just appear on the tracks. They are usually crossing the tracks in their migration route or their corridors. The railways is much aware and so are the driver told to be cautious in these areas. There is a speed limit as well in such areas for the train to pass, all it requires is a bit of caution, even that seems to be thrown to the winds. Having said and accepted all this, it is still incredible that despite all this, wildlife has managed to survive in India. Infact some key species numbers have gone up. Tigers, Rhinos, and Lions have actually seen an increase in population. There is concentrated effort in the direction. Only if help comes from all quarters will it be so much easy. It is like in a team sport where everyone must contribute. If one does well, and the other falters it does no good for the team. So it is in conservation.
  6. This is to inform all that the online safari bookings have commenced for all national parks for safaris starting next month. The bookings have opened much late this year in central Indian parks of Bandhavgarh, Kanha, Panna, Pench, Satpura. The permits are few so decide soon if you plan to do safari before end of December 2017. If you are looking at best time for safaris in India then i recommend March-May. Though May gets real hot, about 45 degree celsius during the days but the Tiger sightings improve considerably this month. So, if you can brave the weather then travel in April, May. For a photographer and a wildlife lover every month is good. So choose time convenient to you and plan soon if you wish to travel to India for safaris in next few months.
  7. Oh yes, Kanha has been a pioneer in such conservation efforts. The Hard ground Swamp Deer, followed by shifting of the Tigress to Panna to start the Tiger program again there. Then the relocation of Indian Gaur from Kanha to Bandhavgarh 4 years back. Subsequently the Hard Ground Swamp Deer relocated from Kanha to Satpura. And lately about 750 spotted deers successfully translocated to Phen Wildlife Sanctuary. So a lot is being done in Kanha. Fortunately all has been well in these endeavors.
  8. @@wilddog Sure it is a huge consolation, and perhaps the most apt way for Tigers to go down is fighting. Guess, such deaths are also important as only the best genes should be passed on, it is only good for the survival of the Tigers.
  9. @Atravelynn; i have tried this numerous times on Tigers and it works always. Sending positive thoughts works on all living beings i guess.
  10. @@Atravelynn..unfortunately he did not leave any cubs behind. But his sibling is doing well in another zone of Kanha. He is popularly known as Bajrang. My personal experience has been that nervous energy disturbs the big cats. Have noticed the same on a few occasions. And there are times when one sends positive vibes internally and the big cats get close without any worries.
  11. @@twaffle indeed a satisfying way for a predator to go like this than human inflicted ways. Glad you liked the image.
  12. It is never an easy feeling when you hear about your favorite Tiger dying for reasons beyond anyone's control. One tends to develop a bond with Tigers whom you have been seeing for some seasons. Seems as if those Tigers also know you. Then one fine day you hear about a Tiger found injured, and despite best efforts by the forest department he passes away. This is exactly what happened with Bheema a big male Tiger in Kanha. He got into a mortal combat with another of my favorite Tiger who also happens to be currently the biggest Tiger of central India, the Umarpani male and it proved to be his last fight. Tigers are born to fight, they live to fight and fight to live. And they die fighting. Please read the below link to know about Bheema the big male Tiger of Kanha. http://naturesafariindia.com/blog/bheema-peaceful-warrior-kanha-national-park-passes-away/ Best Wishes Sharad Vats
  13. Strictly my view, but arrived having seen many Tigers over 28 years of safaris in various parks of India. It was not easy to arrive at this decision but not a difficult one either. In the current Tigers in the Wild it is Umarpani Male in Kanha National Park who will get crowned as the largest Tiger in central India. Son of Legendary Munna, and Umarpani female, he is a huge Tiger who has outsized his parents, and is all set to takeover reins from his father as King of Kanha. Read the link below to know about him and his competition today. http://naturesafariindia.com/blog/biggest-tiger-central-india/ Best Wishes Sharad Vats
  14. The new Tiger safari season has commenced from 1st October. Some real exciting news has come from Kanha, Bandhavgarh, Ranthambhore and Satpura to beginwith. The news of first phenomenal Tiger sighting came from Kanha this year. On October 1 in the morning safari, Chotta Munna was seen walking from district line. He is the son of legendary Munna. What surprised everyone was his sheer size when he stood against a tree to mark his territory. While he continued to walk, the vehicles continued to reverse. After quite a while he changed course and went towards Chotta chatapatra. Some of the experienced guides knew exactly from where he would come out, and reached that spot. Their experience paid dividends when Chotta Munna appeared from the said trail at the time they anticipated him to come out. Sightings during a safari is not purely luck. When you have experienced guides, and drivers accompanying you in your vehicle then it is a lot of science, mathematics, and the jungle knowledge. While some tourists were happy with Chotta Munna’s sightings less did they know that another big surprise was about to unfold in front of their eyes. Bheema, the peaceful warrior, emerged in the Junglescape. He seemed to be following a scent mark. Was he following Chotta Munna? The naturalists around did not take long to guess that indeed he was on Chotta Munna’s prowl. Their fights over last two years has still not ended. Chotta Munna at a budding, youthful, but an inexperienced age of 4, had challenged the mighty Bheema at a competent and seasoned age of 6. Bheema’s efficiency overshadowed the over-confidence of Chotta Munna, and he has repeatedly got Chotta Munna to retreat. But the dominating genes of Chotta Munna remind him not to let go, and he comes back to challenge Bheema quite repeatedly. So far, he has retreated regularly, but he has lately learnt now to avoid injuries in such skirmishes, and simultaneously inject injuries on his opponent. Chotta Munna is surely more richer now having learnt that what does not kill you, makes your stronger. It seemed that this territorial tug to establish one’s supremacy left some marks around the neck of Bheema. The claws and canine mark around his neck would have also left an indelible scar on Bheema’s mind to either start relinquishing his domain, or be prepared for an inevitable duel in not so distant future. Happy were those who saw this scene on 1st October. To read more on safaris in Bandhavgarh, Ranthambhore, ad Satpura click the link below: http://www.naturesafariindia.com/blog/safaris-in-the-national-parks-of-india/ Best Wishes Sharad Vats To know more details read the link below
  15. In a pioneering effort by the management of Bandhavgarh National Park, they have come out with a book containing photos of the Tigers of Bandhavgarh. The book has photos of 24 Tigers form the core zone of Bandhavgarh. So next time your are in Bandhavgarh pick up this book from the resort you are staying in, or from the Forest nature Shop. For more details, click on the link below: http://naturesafariindia.com/blog/jeep-safari-in-bandhavgarh/ Best Wishes Sharad

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