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Sharad Kumar Vats posted a topic in Indian wildlifeIn 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
nitya goel aggarwal posted a topic in IndiaWRITTEN BY: NITYA GOEL AGGARWAL TRIP DATE: 19th, May, 2015 to 27th May, 2015 DESTINATION: TADOBA, MAHARASHTRA, INDIA It started way back in June 2010. Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve had just started coming in the limelight due to its frequent tiger sightings. We had plans to go then and I was all packed and ready. But one day before we were supposed to leave I found out I was on my family way. It had been 5 years since and I had been to numerous other sanctuaries and parks since Ayaan (my son) was 2 years but Tadoba continued to elude me like it was some forbidden fruit. Numerous stories of different sightings by my father and younger brother only increased my curiosity more and more. So this May 2015, when I got the chance even the high temperatures of 50+ degrees C could not have shaken my resolve. During the six days of safari, my mom and me decided to go only for the morning ones as it was too hot in the afternoon and I did not know how Ayaan would have handled the heat. In the first 5 safaris we had already seen 5 different tigers, a sloth bear, a rare tree shrew (squirrel like animal), chausingha (a very rare and shy deer), spotted deer, barking deer, sambar deer, nilgai, gaur, numerous birds such as Asian paradise flycatchers (male, female, juvenile), Indian pitta, grey jungle fowl, Indian roller, kingfisher, changeable hawk eagle and many more. Just before we began our last safari, we asked Ayaan what he liked the most? and he innocently replied “I like Tigers and I want to see 10 tigers before we go back”. I asked him to pray for it and he did. And then the magic started. Our prayers were answered and the forest opened up, to us, to reveal its secrets. It started with a sloth bear sighting, followed by 4 different tigers at different places, then another sloth bear (This place has to be a sloth bear haven, almost impossible to see them anywhere else) and lastly a pair of male and female tigers in courtship. Our little wild lifer’s joy knew no bounds. Anyone who has been in the wild knows the importance of a tiger sighting and we had seen 11, one more than my son’s wishes. Here I am sharing a few of my pictures, clicked from my point and shoot camera, taking you through our journey in the Tadoba wilderness. I have added few of my father Vinod Goel’s, and brother Bharat Goel’s, (both are known Wildlife photographers) pictures to complete my story. Hope you will enjoy seeing them as much as I enjoyed clicking them…. Khatoda gate Queen of the forest: Our first sighting in first safari Machaan Indian Gaur: Look at my packs Please don’t disturb Wild dogs/ dhole Lush green bamboo tunnel ( a rare occurrence in the month of May) Territory marking on a tree by a tiger Perfect camouflage by a forest lizard Grey Jungle Fowl (Male) Spotted deer Asian paradise flycatcher (male): One of the most beautiful bird Asian paradise flycatcher( juvenile) Peahen incubating her eggs Chausingha (four horned antelope) Wildfruit Indian roller basking on the road Langur relaxing Sambar deer Appropriate use of solar energy to fill water holes inside the jungle Oriental Honey Buzzard at Tadoba Lake Ibis and Bronze-winged jacana Indian Tree Shrew (A very rare sighting) Wild boars quenching their thirst Sloth bear markings on the tree. They climb up on the tree to eat honey from the honey comb. Crocodile bark tree/ Ain / Saj/ Terminalia elliptica The famous tigress ‘Maya’ who was photographed with her cub in her mouth in 2014 Indian Pitta State transport bus on the main road inside the core area. Usual crowd in peak season for entry at 5:30 am in the morning near the entry gate at Moharli. Sloth bear, Just out of shower Red headed agama lizard Tiger in Kolsa Range Pugmarks of tiger cubs who played in the morning Changeable hawk eagle (juvenile) One of the four tigers cooling himself after having a meal of Indian Gaur Leaving the waterhole after quenching her thirst Butterfly on our naturalist’s foot during safari Tigress crossing the road Couldn’t expect to have a better ending than this to our last safari. Tiger and tigress in courtship