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Queen of Rajbehra
Vigor's Sunbird
Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin
Small Blue
Dont get any closer !!
ODKF - The Jewel of Konkan
Mid air Tango
Chameleon
European Roller
White Backed Vulture
Momma and me
Trophy Hunter...
Red-billed Blue Magpie
International Tiger Day
Dominant Male
Two Brothers
Tiger Family
Spot Winged Grosbeak
Fire on the Water
Jerdon's Leafbird
Asian Fairy Bluebird, Male
Blue Throated Blue Flycatcher, Female
Young Sonam..
Sonam
Velvet Fronted Nuthatch
Black Bittern
Hill Myna
Road Block
Black Francolin
Blue Eyes
Rofous-Bellied Woodpecker
Morning Walk
Leopard with a Kill
Lion King
White-Browed Robin-Chat
Leopard's Liar
Thick Billed Flowerpecker.
Fateh (T42)
Tickell's Blue Flycatcher
Purple-rumped Sunbird, Male
Tiger in Golden Light
Rhacophorus malabaricus
Cooling off...
Black Headed Munia
Queen
Pale-billed Flowerpecker
Road Block
Rofous Sibia
Road Block
Striated Laughingthrush
Black Bulbul
Yellow Throated Marten
Malabar Whistling Thrush
The Bijrani Queen
Rofous-Chinned Laughingthrush
Indian Rhinoceros
Small Niltava
Tusker
Bank Myna
Indian Skimmer
Red-headed Vulture
Spot Bellied Eagle Owl
Blue Tailed Bee Eater
Ashy Prinia
Blue Throated Blue Flycatcher, Female
Asian Fairy Bluebird
Brown fronted Woodpecker
Black Headed Jay
Crested Kingfisher
Straited Laughingthrush
White-Crested LaughingThrush
Nuthatch
Red-billed Leiothrix
Tickell's Blue Flycatcher
Yellow Eyed Babbler
Hyena
Jungle Bush Quail
Leafbird
Ruddy Shellduck
Steppe Eagle
LRK Sunset
Cinnamon Bittern
Eastern Imperial Eagle
Short Eared Owl
Rusty Tailed Flycatcher
Black and Orange FlyCatcher
The Indian rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis)
Steppe Eagle
Bronze Winged Jacana
Brown Hawk-Owl
Small Pratincole
Darter
Black Hooded Oriole
Blyth's Starling
Blue Throated FlyCatcher
Banded Bay Cuckoo
ODKF
March on
Blue Eared Kingfisher
Verditer Flycatcher
Coppersmith Barbet
Great Pied Hornbill
Pallas's Fish Eagle
Rusty Tailed Flycatcher
Asian Brown Flycatcher
Ashy Drongo
Malabar Parakeet (M)
Tawny Bellied Babbler
Black Headed Munia
Jerdon's Leafbird
Jerdon's Leafbird (Male)
White Browed Bulbul
White Spotted Fantail
Vernal Hanging Parrot
Golden Fronted LEafbird
Indian Blue Robin
Nilgiri Laughing Thrush
Brown Winged Kingfisher
Great Tit
Leaf Warbler
Jerdon's Nightjar
Little or Small Pratincole
Little Spider Hunter
Crested Bunting
Oriental White Eye
Copper Smith Barbet
Lesser Goldenback
Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher
Painted Bush Quail
Barn Swallow
White Cheeked Barbet
Mother Care
Oriental White Eye
Malabar Parakeet
Srilankan Frogmouth
Hill Myna
Lion Tailed Macaque
Blue Eared Kingfisher, Female
Eurasian Eagle Owl
Laughing Dove
Blue Eared Kingfisher
Chestnut-Shouldered Petronia
Indian Eagle Owl, Female
Black Lored Tit
White Bellied Woodpecker
Lantern Bug
Lion Tailed Macaque
Leopard
Plum Head Parakeet
Malabar Gliding Frog, Male
ODKF
Indian Cuckoo
Dream Koel
Golden Oriole
Common Hawk Cuckoo
Greater Racket-Tailed Drongo
Tiger
Tickell's Blue FlyCatcher
Banded Bay Cuckoo
Tiger
The King of Kolsa
Blue-capped Rock Thrush
Malabar Trogan, Male
Queen of Bandhavgarh
Brown Fish Owl..
Blue Capped Rock Thrush
Sub Adult Female Cub
Malabar Whistling Thrush
White Bellied Blue Fly-catcher, Male
Ramp Walk
Tiger
Malabar Trogon, Male
Large wood shrike
Paradise FlyCatcher, Female
Velvet fronted Nuthatch
Lesser Yellow-Naped Woodpecker
Blue Bearded Bee-eater
Tiger
Lesser Yellow naped Woodpecker
Little Spider Hunter
Flame Throated Bulbul
Indian Pitta
Quenching Thirst
Collared Kingfisher
The Bold new Male
A Perfect Take-off
Pied Kingfisher, Female
Leopard
Paradise Fly-Catcher
Black-Capped Kingfisher
Emerald Dove
Osprey
White rumped Shama
Verditer Flycatcher
Indian Scimitar Babbler
New Male
Black Naped Monarch
Brown-Breasted Fly Catcher
White Rumped Shama, Male
Oriental White Eye
Crimpson Backed Sunbird
Blyth's Reed Warbler
Tiger Woods :)
Closeup of a Gorgeous Lady
Ramp Walk
Morning Glory
Spot Billed Pelican
Malabar Trogon, Male
Common Kingfisher (Common Blue)
CHE Portrait
Rose-ringed Parakeet
Bamera Male from Bandhavgarh
Show Stopper
White Rumped Shama, Female
Malabar Trogon, female
Greater Flameback
Appayar Tower Male
Queen from Kabini
Spot-Bellied Eagle owl
Black Redstart, Male
Small Blue Kingfisher
Mukunda Male
Sarus Crane
Bluethroat
Profile shot of a Leppy
Gold
Asian Pied Starling
Yellow Browed Bulbul
Leopard in a rainy morning..
Urban Wildlife
Serpant Eagle
Territory Marking
Happy New Year
Tiger Cubs
Laggar Falcon
Laggar Falcon
Malabar Trogon, Male
Long legged Buzzard
Booted Eagle
On the rocks !!
Long legged Buzzard
Tawny Eagle
Southern Grey Shrike
Bay backed Shrike
Black buck
White Rumped Shama, Male
Indian Blue Robin, Male
Leopard
A bold cub
Summer Landscape
Leppy in the greens
Indian Silver Bill
Serpent Eagle
White Throated Kingfisher
Collared Kingfisher
Lady on the Prowl..
Rajbehra Cub
Malabar Whistling Thrush
Bamera Male, Bandhavgarh
Sloth Bear
The season of Dance
Bamera
Indian Pitta
Tiger closeup
Tiger
Scarface
Tiger
Tiger, Kabini
Tiger - Adiyal Male
Leopard
Changeable Hawk Eagle
The Scarface again!
The rising star of Mahaman..
Leopard Cub
Morning walk by the lady of the lake
Tiger Pugmark
In her cave
Tiger
Tiger
Leopard
Paradise Fly-Catcher, Male
Tiger in the Water
Gowri, the Queen of Bandipur
Tiger, Bandhavgarh
Road Block
White Bellied Woodpecker
Tiger
Tiger
Leopard
Telia Cub, Female
Giant Grizzled Squirrel
Tadoba Tiger
Leopard
Leopard
Serpent Eagle
Kallu
Leopard
Male Leopard
Pied Hornbill
Shivaji
Thirsty Big boy..
The Queen of Bandipur
Black Naped Hare
Wild Dog
Pheasant-tailed Jacana
My last sighting of B2
Tiger Portrait
Tickell's Blue Fly-Catcher
India's National Bird.
Painted Spur Fowl
Shivaji
Malabar Trogon, Male
Barking Deer, Male
Tiger
Desert Fox
Tiger
Cat Walk
Rofous Tailed Lark
Malabar Grey Hornbill
Puff Throated Babler
Yellow Footed Green Pigeon
Road crossing
APFC Male

Queen of Rajbehra

She is one of the few Tigers I love to shoot and have met her every time I have been to Bandhavgarh. First time I saw her, she was just a few weeks old curious cub who was very attached to her mother and then I have seen her grow up, living separately from mom, missed kill attempts as a youngster and many more.. She is now littered twice and and grown all of them to adulthood. The current litter is 3 males and 1 female and reached a stage where they are ready to separate.. Im hoping, she is ready for her third and we might hear the good news in near future. This is Rajbehra Female and the present queen of Rajbehra, the prime real estate in the Tiger world of Bandhavgarh.

Vigor's Sunbird

One of the most beautiful Sunbird of Western ghats. We were lucky to find it in the garden in front of our room during our Amboli trip.

Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin

A passage migrant in India during migration from Europe to Africa.. Stays at GRK for a few days but very shy and skittish during this short stay making it extremely difficult to photograph.

Small Blue

Common Kingfisher ready to fish from a beautiful Lotus Pod.

Dont get any closer !!

A favorite resting place.. He growled in low voice just to issue early warning and we backed off right there :)

ODKF - The Jewel of Konkan

ODKF, The Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx erithaca) also known as the Black-backed Kingfisher or Three-toed Kingfisher is a species of bird in the Alcedinidae family. This is a small, red and yellow kingfisher, averaging 13 cm (5.1 in) in length, yellow underparts with glowing bluish-black upperparts. This is a widespread resident of lowland forest, endemic across much of the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. It is found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand. The preferred habitat is small streams in densely shaded forests. In the Konkan region of southwest India, it begins to breed with the onset of the Southwest Monsoon in June. The nest is a horizontal tunnel up to a metre in length. The clutch of 4-5 eggs hatches in 9-10 days with both the male and female incubating. The birds fledge after another 9 days and a second brood may be raised if the first fails. The young are fed with geckos, skinks, crabs, snails, frogs, crickets and dragonflies. Known as the "Jewel of Konkan" as it nests in that region and the sighting is good after the first south west monsoon showers. One needs to travel all the way to the western ghats to capture this tiny jewel and it requires loads of patience and perseverance. We used to wait there from 8AM to 6PM inside our hide with pounding rain, dark clouds and low light conditions. But end of the day, a glimpse of this rainbow coloured beauty would refill our energy levels and make the entire experience very sweet :)

Mid air Tango

Watching these juveniles get aggressive and fight was fun. Its not easy to shoot but in the end I did manage to freeze a bunch of frames.

Chameleon

A lovely specimen who was trying to cross the road amidst heavy traffic.

European Roller

A passage migrant in India

White Backed Vulture

One out of the three types found in Masai Mara..

Momma and me

This tigress is known as T19 at RTR. When she came and sat in the water, this cub was quickest to get to her. She has three cubs and they are four months old. More pictures with all cubs to follow soon....

Trophy Hunter...

A trophy she stalked, chased and successfully hunted right in front of us.. It was a dream come true to see and record this entire sequence. She just finished killing the wildebeest and getting into position to eat her hard earned meal..

Red-billed Blue Magpie

Finally got this beauty in dream settings..

International Tiger Day

Fateh, T42, Ranthambore Tiger Reserve. He was chilling out after eating a heavy meal.

Dominant Male

He ruled the core area in and around Telia for many years, moved to Buffer after MAdhuri made way for her own daughter. They raised one more litter at buffer and Im told Madhuri has new cubs. But our man Waghdoh still looks good and strong.. Long live the king...

Two Brothers

These cubs were waiting for four days at the same place their mom left them. A perfect example of discipline and patience. Mom returned the next day with food and the cubs were content with their tummy full. It was sleep and cozy time there after...

Tiger Family

Spot Winged Grosbeak

Spot winged Grosbeak, Male. A very lucky sighting of this shy species..

Fire on the Water

Tiger Crossing River

Jerdon's Leafbird

Jerdon's leafbird male on a beautiful flower of Bombax ceiba - red silk cotton.

Asian Fairy Bluebird, Male

After a year long wait :)

Blue Throated Blue Flycatcher, Female

Young Sonam..

On my way to Tadoba in about an hour. Looking forward to seeing this Tigress who is a mother now and has three little cuties. Though I did see the last month, did not get an opportunity to photograph the family together..

Sonam

She sat there waiting for her cubs to crossover..

Velvet Fronted Nuthatch

@ Ganeshgudi, Karnataka

Black Bittern

This black beauty was on my list for a long time...

Hill Myna

My all time favorite birdie....

Road Block

These are the kind of road block we love to get caught in. We are happy if this is for a long time. In here we had a total of four Tigers sitting at different places.

Black Francolin

Black Francolin, Male

Blue Eyes

Th Gorgeous Lady gave us a sighting of a lifetime..

Rofous-Bellied Woodpecker

Pangot, near Nainital Uttarakand.

Morning Walk

While walking towards us, she looked straight into my eyes and said "Jambo"

Leopard with a Kill

The kill is a Warthog.

Lion King

She was relaxing after eating a big kill she made in front of us the previous evening.

White-Browed Robin-Chat

Keekorok Resort, Masai Mara

Leopard's Liar

A brief but soul satisfying meeting with the phantom of our forests.

Thick Billed Flowerpecker.

Thick Billed Flowerpecker.

Fateh (T42)

Big Daddy of Ranthambore...

Tickell's Blue Flycatcher

This one is a Juvenile

Purple-rumped Sunbird, Male

Tiger in Golden Light

A once in lifetime sighting.. The Tiger was in water for more than two and half hours. It walked in the river bed when the light was golden which also turned the water to Gold :)

Rhacophorus malabaricus

The Malabar gliding frog (Rhacophorus malabaricus) is a Rhacophorid tree frog species found in the Western Ghats of India.

Cooling off...

One of the best sights in the wild is Tiger cubs with mother cooling off at a water hole..

Black Headed Munia

also known as Tri-Colour Munia

Queen

Rajbehra Queen, Sat at the edge of the wall for a while before she the most elegant walk (across the wall) I have ever seen :)

Pale-billed Flowerpecker

Finally got it..

Road Block

Tiger on the Road :)

Rofous Sibia

Getting him on a clean perch was a dream come true.

Road Block

And what a road block that was.. She decided to sit here for a few minutes before crossing over. That also gave chance to her cubs to cross from behind her

Striated Laughingthrush

An un-expected guest near the water body....

Black Bulbul

One of the most dashing and beautiful Bulbuls :)

Yellow Throated Marten

Marten - I let go a Tiger just to photograph this rare beauty.

Malabar Whistling Thrush

Long days wait to get this beauty on a clean perch

The Bijrani Queen

She decided to walk with us after all vehicles left the spot.. It was an amazing moment and could never imagine she would do this even at broad daylight around 1030AM :)

Rofous-Chinned Laughingthrush

Indian Rhinoceros

Rhinoceros Unicornis, also known as the greater one-horned rhinoceros and Indian one-horned rhinoceros. Finally got this in a dream setting :)

Small Niltava

Got this Lifer in this trip to Sattal..

Tusker

Elephas Maximus

Bank Myna

Bank Myna

Indian Skimmer

Finally managed to get some nice images of this mating pair.

Red-headed Vulture

Though very shy, it came down to drink water and gave us an opportunity to make some cool images.

Spot Bellied Eagle Owl

Also known as Forest Eagle Owl.. This is a Juvenile sitting outside its nest while the mother was calling from a distance..

Blue Tailed Bee Eater

Mysore Outskirts near river Cauvery.

Ashy Prinia

He decided to show up a bit late.. Thankfully the light was still holding up :)

Blue Throated Blue Flycatcher, Female

A very beautiful species

Asian Fairy Bluebird

Finally after a long long wait...

Brown fronted Woodpecker

He was such a delight to click...

Black Headed Jay

Tough to get these shy beauties :)

Crested Kingfisher

10 of 12 KFs found in India done :)

Straited Laughingthrush

One of the four Laughing thrush we saw at Sattal.

White-Crested LaughingThrush

At Chafi near Forest gate...

Nuthatch

Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch

Red-billed Leiothrix

Dream Bird

Tickell's Blue Flycatcher

I was hoping he perches on this little stone.. The light was fading fast but was still good.

Yellow Eyed Babbler

It was a long wait before it sat on this perch :)

Hyena

Very rare and extremely difficult to find one in LRK...

Jungle Bush Quail

Near Bangalore

Leafbird

Golden Fronted Leafbird, Female

Ruddy Shellduck

aka Brahminy Duck

Steppe Eagle

I was lying on the ground and slowly crawling up to get a nice portrait pic of the Eagle.. At one point when It was standing and side ways to me, i tried hurrying up a bit and the noise got the birds attention - I was thinking oh god it will fly away now, but to my surprise it sat down like a duck facing me.. Could not have asked for a better pose :)

LRK Sunset

The bird is Steppe Eagle

Cinnamon Bittern

A tough bird to find and photograph.

Eastern Imperial Eagle

In Flight

Short Eared Owl

LRK Special.. Got this after three days of hard work, lot of patience and crawling on the ground with bruised knees and elbows :)

Rusty Tailed Flycatcher

Flycatcher

Black and Orange FlyCatcher

Tough light conditions as it was cloudy and dark out there. He was happy to come and perch in the open of a couple of occassions.

The Indian rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis)

The pride of Assam and India

Steppe Eagle

LRK

Bronze Winged Jacana

Jacana

Brown Hawk-Owl

Brown hawk-owl (Ninox scutulata) A difficult bird to get in the open and more so because it is nocturnal.

Small Pratincole

IT was tough to get both of them in focus but it all wored out well in the end.

Darter

aka Snake Bird

Black Hooded Oriole

Oriole

Blyth's Starling

Finally got this beauty in Kerala.

Blue Throated FlyCatcher

One more beautiful flycatcher added to the list.

Banded Bay Cuckoo

On a rainy day.. Thought the day would get wasted, but this birdie more than made up for it.

ODKF

It showed up after the power packed rain stopped but the light was still very poor.

March on

Painted Spurfowl - The pride of Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary.

Blue Eared Kingfisher

Food for the young ones in the nest

Verditer Flycatcher

Ganeshgudi, Feb2014

Coppersmith Barbet

I felt blessed as the light was simply divine !!

Great Pied Hornbill

Kaziranga Rocks!

Pallas's Fish Eagle

Juvenile..

Rusty Tailed Flycatcher

Finally... It took me a few trips to get this beauty on a close enough perch...

Asian Brown Flycatcher

Made a very brief appearance just to please us :)

Ashy Drongo

The setting was awesome and the light heavenly.. This guy knew where to perch for a great portrait :)

Malabar Parakeet (M)

After waiting for a couple of hours, got this male perched alone on a clean branch.

Tawny Bellied Babbler

Very shy bird.. They waited in the nearby bush for more than hour before they gave brief apperiences.

Black Headed Munia

Also known as the Tri Colour Munia

Jerdon's Leafbird

Clicked under very challenging light conditions..

Jerdon's Leafbird (Male)

The light was simply divine... It lasted only 30 minutes but the leafbird was kind.

White Browed Bulbul

Bangalore outskirts

White Spotted Fantail

Common bird but not easy to photograph.. Got lucky this time.

Vernal Hanging Parrot

The vernal hanging parrot (Loriculus vernalis) is a small parrot which is a resident breeder in the Indian subcontinent and some other areas of Southeast Asia.

Golden Fronted LEafbird

I have been going to Ganeshgudi for many years and this is probably the first time I saw it come down to perch near the bird bath. Though it sat there only for a few seconds, it was enough to make this frame.

Indian Blue Robin

After making uncounted trips in the last few months, finally got lucky to get my dream bird on a dream perch :)

Nilgiri Laughing Thrush

Nilgiri Laughing Thrush, OOTY Went back the next day and spent two hours despite overcast conditions and poor light. The activity was also less, but this guy came once and perched at a place I was hoping it would

Brown Winged Kingfisher

Bhitarkanika

Great Tit

Finally got this beauty at Ooty.

Leaf Warbler

Finally got a good close image of this beauty.

Jerdon's Nightjar

It was a long night with lot of walking and waiting.. finally got this beauty after all the hard work.

Little or Small Pratincole

Had to click from a rocking coracal boat.. It was so much fun :)

Little Spider Hunter

Very tough to get this guy on a good clean perch....

Crested Bunting

It was a great day.. There was a Tiger relaxing in the pool on my left and lot of birds including this beauty came to another water hole on our right to quench their thirst.

Oriental White Eye

Ganeshgudi

Copper Smith Barbet

Still Dreaming........................

Lesser Goldenback

Black-Rumped Flameback (Dinopium Benghalense), also known as the Lesser Golden-Backed Woodpecker or Lesser Goldenback

Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher

This is a ODKF chick which is only 12 days old.. Felt blessed to have seen this moment.

Painted Bush Quail

Very difficult to click these guys as they are hyper active and very sensitive. It took me more than half a day to make a few decent images of these little beauties.

Barn Swallow

It was a dream to get these super active beauties on a clean perch and the birds allowed us to get close.

White Cheeked Barbet

Waited all day to get the pair together and in a nice moment.. This came late in the evening when the light was fading away :)

Mother Care

We knew the cubs are there for people saw them for three safaris.. They only came out once the mom was here and she called for them.

Oriental White Eye

Season opener at Ganeshgudi

Malabar Parakeet

Also known as Blue Tailed Parakeet

Srilankan Frogmouth

A very rare sighting of three of them together is an open perch.. It was dark and raining so had to use the flash.

Hill Myna

A long term dream of photographing this beauty, Finally got it !!

Lion Tailed Macaque

Mating pair :)

Blue Eared Kingfisher, Female

She was very shy.. sat on a branch few meters behind for a while before she came on this perch. It was a dream perch with a dream BG and ofcourse a dream birdie :)

Eurasian Eagle Owl

Bubo bubo

Laughing Dove

Bird Hide, JLR Hampi

Blue Eared Kingfisher

My dream KF on a dream perch

Chestnut-Shouldered Petronia

Also known as Yellow Throated Sparrow

Indian Eagle Owl, Female

Took us quite a searching in a rainy day and in the end we were very lucky to find her in the open. Even then it was not easy to spot this master of camouflage.

Black Lored Tit

This was clicked in Feb this year at Ganeshgudi...

White Bellied Woodpecker

The largest woodpecker of Southern India. These guys have an awesome call and simply mesmerizing to watch. There is amazing elegance in whatever they do :)

Lantern Bug

Need help with the correct id. Found it in Coorg last week.

Lion Tailed Macaque

The lion-tailed macaque (Macaca silenus), or the wanderoo, is an Old World monkey endemic to the Western Ghats of South India.

Leopard

A beautiful female Leopard.

Plum Head Parakeet

It spent hours on this silk cotton tree while we sat below and watched :)

Malabar Gliding Frog, Male

Rhacophorus malabaricus (Malabar Gliding Frog)

ODKF

Oriental Dwarf King Fisher

Indian Cuckoo

Very elusive as they normally perch very high on the tree and calls from there making it very difficult to spot them. This one gave me a sighting for a few seconds when it came down sheepishly to the water hole to quench its thirst and then sat on the fallen tree for 3-4 seconds. I love the call of these beauties as it sounds like "One More Bottle".... "One More Bottle"... which by the way is the ringtone on my phone ... LOL

Dream Koel

Asian Koel Female on a dream perch. Title as suggested by Sai Adikarla The Asian Koel is a large, long-tailed, cuckoo at 45 cm. Though a very common bird, they are often heard than seen and are very shy. The male of the nominate race is glossy bluish-black, with a pale green or grey bill, the iris is crimson, and it has grey legs and feet. The female of the nominate race is brownish on the crown and has rufous streaks on the head. The back, rump and wing coverts are dark brown with white and buff spots. The underparts are whitish, but is heavily striped. They are very vocal during the breeding season (March to August in South Asia), with a range of different calls. The familiar song of the male is a repeated koo-Ooo. The female makes a shrill kik-kik-kik... call. Calls vary across populations.

Golden Oriole

Golden Oriole

Common Hawk Cuckoo

Brain fever bird in a rain soaked evening with fading lights. It is always amazing to see this bird singing right in front of you..

Greater Racket-Tailed Drongo

Found this guy at Kabini

Tiger

Sub Adult Male Cub of Rajbehra family...

Tickell's Blue FlyCatcher

A break in between hectic nest building activity.

Banded Bay Cuckoo

Though it was raining most of the day, we had one lucky moment when this guy came out and sat in the open.

Tiger

Tiger at Kabini

The King of Kolsa

This guy is huge and absolutely fearless....He has a big heart and takes care of the cubs.... He is king of Kolsa - SHIVAJI.

Blue-capped Rock Thrush

Female..

Malabar Trogan, Male

Finally, found this guy at Ganeshgudi

Queen of Bandhavgarh

The Rajbehra Mother seeing me off at the fag end of my last safari drive at the park.

Brown Fish Owl..

Very close to our jeep in Bandhavgarh...

Blue Capped Rock Thrush

Ganeshgudi Again!

Sub Adult Female Cub

She is very bold.. came and sat close to our jeep.

Malabar Whistling Thrush

One of my fav.. Their call is by far the most awesome call.

White Bellied Blue Fly-catcher, Male

This image was made at Ganeshgudi..

Ramp Walk

Ramp walk by the most gorgeous lady of Bandhavgarh at the most beautiful and hot stage :)

Tiger

Sub adult cub, Female

Malabar Trogon, Male

Frm the same series... This was a lifer for me :)

Large wood shrike

Found them in Ganeshgudi, finally !!

Paradise FlyCatcher, Female

She was drying and preening herself after a quick bath.

Velvet fronted Nuthatch

Always tough to make images of this guy... Very skittish and keeps moving. Happy to get one in the end :)

Lesser Yellow-Naped Woodpecker

This was truly a dream come true...

Blue Bearded Bee-eater

KGudi is probably the best place to get these birds in clea perches...

Tiger

This is Waghdoh Male of Tadoba buffer zone.. He npw lives in buffer zone and become very shy, runs away after he sees a vehicle and difficult to photograph him. I was lucky we could track him down and get a few decent pics.

Lesser Yellow naped Woodpecker

Finally got this beauty at 230PM, when it came down to take a dip in the water.. It was a dream sighting for me :)

Little Spider Hunter

Very cute but super active bird; this make it clicking this species very challenging.. But with patience, I managed to make a few decent images.

Flame Throated Bulbul

Ganeshgudi

Indian Pitta

Happy to find this guy in Kabini

Quenching Thirst

One of my most memorable tiger sighting.

Collared Kingfisher

Finally got this guy after several failed attempts and re-tries.. I guess patience paid off - ofcourse the skill and knowledge of the boatman played a big role.

The Bold new Male

A Perfect Take-off

Great morning light and the Pelicans were busy collecting nesting material.. Only when i was hoping and praying for a take-off, she came straight into the frame :)

Pied Kingfisher, Female

Finally got her on a clean perch after going there for many many weekends...

Leopard

Paradise Fly-Catcher

Very fortunate to get this beauty up close and in a clean perch.. It was clicked handheld and due to the shade on the branch the shutter dropped to 1/80 - Did not have the time to change any settings then but held by breath to avoid any shake.. was also praying to get atleast one frame in focus :)

Black-Capped Kingfisher

Finally - All the hard work and patience paid off. It was intense test of patience as we had to move very slowly without any movement or noise.. This guy is otherwise very skittish and moves off at the slightest of noise..

Emerald Dove

Profile shot from Ganeshgudi, Karnataka, INDIA

Osprey

Enjoying its mid-day meal in a beautiful setting :)

White rumped Shama

The bathing beauty..

Verditer Flycatcher

This guy was hoping around in joy :)

Indian Scimitar Babbler

A dream bird - In my many years of going to Ganeshgudi, got lucky this time with this extremely shy bird, finally !!.. This guy came and sat in the open for a few seconds right in front for a near full frame shot. I wish it did that before taking the dip, but hey, iam not complaining atall :)

New Male

A very hadsome male we saw for the first time.... He is full of confidence too.

Black Naped Monarch

Late evening, High ISO shot

Brown-Breasted Fly Catcher

Been on my list of Fly Catchers for long....

White Rumped Shama, Male

Oriental White Eye

Finally managed to get this beauty close enough and on a clean perch.

Crimpson Backed Sunbird

Fortunate enough to get this guy on a clean perch.. It was after almost half a day of waiting that he sat on a perch for 5 seconds or so.

Blyth's Reed Warbler

A rare treat..

Tiger Woods :)

She walked over 10Kms on the jeep track that morning.. It was an awesome experience

Closeup of a Gorgeous Lady

Had a lovely time with this gorgeous lady that morning. Getting her this close was a treat as she is otherwise very shy and in her last few days of pregnancy..

Ramp Walk

And what a walk that was.. She walked down the ramp in full elegance, grace, poise and style. The eye contact was mesmerizing and a moment never to be forgotten. This was one of the most memorable sightings in my lifetime....

Morning Glory

Tiger, morning golden light and a yellow grassland... This truly was a dream come true. This was a dream location since I first went to Tadoba 5 years ago. This beautiful lady, known as Choti Tara made a special appearance on my birthday eve.

Spot Billed Pelican

She flew straight into me while collecting nesting material floating on the water.

Malabar Trogon, Male

He did come out after all the wait and perched in the open. How I wish he chose a better (clean) perch, but hey, I'm not complaining atall.

Common Kingfisher (Common Blue)

Lucky to have got this species (one of my fav) so close and in perfect conditions (Nice light, gerat perch, awesome BG etc., etc).. It was a special moment and opportunity as this guys usually does not let you venture so close... I felt blessed :)

CHE Portrait

During our Sri Lanka trip in 2009... Clicked at Yala National Park.

Rose-ringed Parakeet

Bamera Male from Bandhavgarh

I was delighted to see him after hearing stories around the fight, his injurues and the territory limitation.. He seems to have recovered well though not 100% yet. We hope he recovers fully and wins back his territory from the new mystery male. There are a bunch of cubs under threat and he needs to provide them protection.

Show Stopper

Big Male Leopard of Kabini

White Rumped Shama, Female

Dream bird on a dream perch, Can I ask for more?

Malabar Trogon, female

Finally got her on this auspicious day - She more than made my Diwali very happy and colourful.

Greater Flameback

Very lucky to have sighted this beauty at Kabini.

Appayar Tower Male

Sometimes we do multiple safaris with no sighting and sometime you get a cat this close for 45 minutes with no other vehicles around you. You surely feel blessed when such a thing happens - You are also tensed not to mess it up (technically) as the light is low and you can only get to so much ISO for a sharp enough shutter in the fading light.

Queen from Kabini

Wow, what a day that was and all thanks to Afsar for his skills and experience of tracking a big cat.. No wonder, he is known as the "Billi Catcher" of our leopard capital. As we entered our designated safari route we saw a herd of deers very alert and both Afsar and I tapped the vehicle for a stop. We then heard the roar of a tiger and knew it was around.. Afsar then asked Khan-bhai (our driver) to go back a little and then we saw a wild boar making funny noises.. These clues for enough for Afsar; and after going back a few more meters, we found this beauty sitting boldly by side of the road barely 15 meters away from the jeep.. Oh boy, what a sighting that was :)

Spot-Bellied Eagle owl

aka Forest Eagle Owl and extremely rare to find this beauty in our forest. Very luck to find one in our last trip to KGudi. Very late in the evening with low light conditions.

Black Redstart, Male

Small Blue Kingfisher

My luck with Small blue KF continues.. Got it again on a very clean perch and very close.

Mukunda Male

The rising star of Mahaman

Sarus Crane

Finally got one of these reasonably close for a 600mm lens.

Bluethroat

It took me a long long time to get a decent image of this beauty. It was far and the image is cropped quite a bit.

Profile shot of a Leppy

Gold

Tiger in the golden light is long been every photographers dream. This trip to Tadoba, I got this opportunity twice at different spots with two different Tigers. Magical Tadoba.

Asian Pied Starling

Finally got this species on a nice clean perch..

Yellow Browed Bulbul

Local residents at Ganeshgudi

Leopard in a rainy morning..

Kabini again!

Urban Wildlife

Spotted Owlet: Saw this guy (and a few others) happily perched in these overflow drain pipes very close to the main road near my house.

Serpant Eagle

This eagle is the most common eagle in our jungles.. This was a clean perch and right next to the safari track.

Territory Marking

Spent over an hour photographinc this lovely dominant male of Kabini. He was hiding in the grass for a while then got up and walked up to scent mark this tree and eventually climbed up a high tree to snooze off :)

Happy New Year

Tiger Cubs

These are Rajbehra cubs. I saw them in May 2013 when they were about a year old.

Laggar Falcon

Enjoying a hard earned breakfast made of a Spiny-Tailed Lizard. The open ground outside the Tal-Chapar sanctuary is the place where these lizards are found in huge numbers and these raptors feed on them.

Laggar Falcon

Portrait shot of this beauty. These are very active and very fast raptors making it difficult to get close and make pictures. I was lucky the other day though it was on a high perch ;(

Malabar Trogon, Male

This guy was very shy.. it took us more than two hours of waiting before he came out on an open perch

Long legged Buzzard

Booted Eagle

Very shy as of now... Did not allow me to get any closer.. This was clicked against a very bright but cloudy sky.

On the rocks !!

Getting him in the morning golden light was a treat.

Long legged Buzzard

Another raptor from Tal Chapar

Tawny Eagle

Spend a few minutes with this beauty that morning at Tal Chapar, Rajasthan.

Southern Grey Shrike

Lucky to get close to this otherwise very shy bird.

Bay backed Shrike

Black buck

Black buck in the grasslands of Tal Chapar.

White Rumped Shama, Male

Another awesome sighting of this beaty..

Indian Blue Robin, Male

Leopard

Sometimes, you would not if the Leopard is on the tree, unless it decides to check you out :)

A bold cub

This cub was wanting to cross the road to get to the water, saw our jeep and sat down for a while.. We moved our jeep back and witnessed a graceful walk by this beautiful young girl.

Summer Landscape

Tiger in Kanha Meadows..

Leppy in the greens

A quick sighting wherein this guy came out of the bushes and crossed the road right in front of our vehicle.

Indian Silver Bill

Inside the JLR Bandipur Campus

Serpent Eagle

On a perch concentrating for food..

White Throated Kingfisher

This was clicked during a boat ride in Ganeshgudi..

Collared Kingfisher

Finally got this beauty close and on a clean perch...

Lady on the Prowl..

This graceful lady from Telia walked across the dam before she crossed in front of our vehicle and disappeared in the thick forest..

Rajbehra Cub

One of the Rajbehra cub walked with two others for quite a distance to drink water. They were coming after eating a fresh kill and you can notice blood stains from the kill on his nose and elsewhere on his face. These cubs are about an year old.

Malabar Whistling Thrush

This guy sings the most beautiful song in our jungles..

Bamera Male, Bandhavgarh

One of my favourite Tigers. He walked with us that day for over 4 Kms.. It was simply awesome!!

Sloth Bear

This guy happily posed for me and gave me the opportunity to make some nice snaps.

The season of Dance

It is so much fun to be in the jungle during monsoons. The forest is green, moods are upbeat and the overall atmosphere is in a celebration mode.. A dancing Peacock is the icing on the cake :)

Bamera

Had a good time with him as he walked with our vehicle for over 10 minutes... I was glad to see him in good shape and he looked as majestic as ever ; he is recovered well though he is still limping a bit. It was an awesome sighting for sure!

Indian Pitta

Patience paid off, waited for over an hour and finally this guy perched very close to our vehicle and allowed me to make a few images from close distance.The Indian Pitta is a small stubby-tailed bird that is mostly seen on the floor of forests or under dense undergrowth, foraging on insects in leaf litter. It has long, strong legs, a very short tail and stout bill, with a buff coloured crown stripe, black coronal stripes, a thick black eye stripe and white throat and neck. The upperparts are green, with a blue tail, the underparts buff, with bright red on the lower belly and vent...

Tiger closeup

I love this guy - and for multiple reasons; he is super bold and gets very close to your vehicle if he has to cross the road (one example), he has a big territory and is seen at places far from each other, he is always in fights and comes out winner (I have lot of his pics with some injury or other) and most of all his grace and confidence.. He truly is the charming prince of Bandipur :)Edit

Tiger

Presenting the Adiyal (Arrogant) male from Bandhavgarh !! He is also known as Mukunda Male.

Scarface

Bid, bold, confident and very majestic guy from Kabini. He is given me some awesome sightings !!

Tiger

It is such a blessed feeling to see a tiger crossing the Rajbehra dam :)

Tiger, Kabini

Tiger - Adiyal Male

Always dreamt of clicking a Tiger walking towards me on the vehicle track at Bandhavgarh. Finally got it after going there for over seven years :)

Leopard

Changeable Hawk Eagle

The Scarface again!

The rising star of Mahaman..

Mukunda male again - On his way to Mahaman, where he drank a truck load of water..

Leopard Cub

Panthera Pardus

Morning walk by the lady of the lake

TATR Main road is always full of surprises. We heard alarm calls soon after entering the gate and within few minutes she jumped on the road and walked gracefully for over 2 Kms.. Despite all the vehicle noise behind, she was least bothered and never turned around to check. This behaviour speaks volumes of self confidence and attitude of a Tiger.

Tiger Pugmark

In her cave

Tiger

Tiger

Bandipur again!!

Leopard

Yala National Park

Paradise Fly-Catcher, Male

Finally got this guy in the open after dreaming about a frame like this for years.. It was a tensed and exciting moment chasing it for a while this morning.

Tiger in the Water

This was one of the most memorable sighting in my life as I always dreamt of clicking a Tiger in water and this guy ful-filled that dream at Bur Balle check dam... This one safari we got a Spectacled Cobra, Sloth Bear, Wild Dogs, this big male Tiger and then a Leopard - It was a super treat. Tiger sighting at Kabini is always very special.

Gowri, the Queen of Bandipur

Tiger, Bandhavgarh

Mirchaini Female cub clicked in 2010.

Road Block

We were destined to reach the gate late that evening as this guy decided not to move for over 15 minutes.. We obviously were not complaining :)

White Bellied Woodpecker

My most favorite Woodpecker

Tiger

I saw this male after almost a year.. Very happy to see him again but a bit sad as he was limping due to an injury on his left front leg.. But he was licking it all the time and will recover soon. He was sitting here over 30 minutes and we had to leave him and go as the safari timings were up. This was clicked in manual mode: F8, 1/800, ISO 200, EV 0 and Auto WB

Tiger

Bammera Male in monochrome tones; A different perspective

Leopard

Panthera Pardus

Telia Cub, Female

Giant Grizzled Squirrel

Clicked at Cauvery Fishing Camp.. Its amazing to see these guys roam around freely in the camp.

Tadoba Tiger

The Katezeri Male of Tadoba

Leopard

With a water buffalo kill..

Leopard

Serpent Eagle

Kallu

One of the most handsome male from Bandhavgarh clicked in 2009

Leopard

Time to move on as there were wild dogs on the ground a few meters away from this tree.

Male Leopard

Pied Hornbill

Shivaji

The Hulk of Kolsa, TATR

Thirsty Big boy..

He crossed the road cautiously before getting down the Mahaman and drank a truck load of water.. He then rested there for a while before jumping into the bush and dis-appearing.

The Queen of Bandipur

Close up of this gorgeous girl on one beautiful morning.. Posting this amidst rumors that she was killed by another male Tiger in a territorial fight - Not sure if she is no more, but I like to be optimistic to see her in my next trip to Bandipur.

Black Naped Hare

Wild Dog

The magical main road of Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve.. I have seen Tiger, Leopard, Sloth Bear and wild dogs right on the main road there.. Here is a Wild dog walking across gracefully.. It was like a fashion parade :)

Pheasant-tailed Jacana

My last sighting of B2

My last sighting of the outstanding Tiger called B2 - I still miss him when I go to Bandhavgarh and into the areas ruled by him !! One of the two Tigers in India to get "Lifetime Achievement Award" in recognition of his star pulling power in Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve.He has sired over 35 tigers, 90% of which lived to adulthood, an extraordinary high ratio itself thanks to the protection he has been able to afford his many lovers! The sizable majority of tigers living in Bandhavgarh today are his sons and daughters. As Head of the family business, B2 has been estimated to have earned US$30m over his 7 year reign in the Tala Tourism range.

Tiger Portrait

This guy is known as Mukunda Male and is a beautiful young Tiger. He is seen often in the Bandhavgarh's Khitouli zone.

Tickell's Blue Fly-Catcher

KGudi is a magical place and getting such beauties out there is given :)

India's National Bird.

In full prime and breeding plumage..

Painted Spur Fowl

One of the most beautiful birds seen in our forests.

Shivaji

This massive hulk is from Kolsa range of Tadoba. Known as Shivaji, he is the un-contested king of Kolsa. He is also a responsible father taking care of two fully grown male cubs of 1.5 years.. Apparently, these two cubs hang out with him all the time while the female cub is her mamma's girl..

Malabar Trogon, Male

Was in Goa for the Diwali weekend and the only species in mind was the Trogan - got up early both days to drive over 100Kms to get to Bondlla WLS. It was tough to trek with the heavy lens and tripod and wait for hours in this hot and humid conditions. Patience paid off and got this guy on a clean perch on day 2 of my trip. The male is usually very shy and I think we were lucky to get this moment though it was backlit and a bit high on the perch. Getting both female and male over this weekend is memorable and surely made my Diwali very colurful and noise free :)

Barking Deer, Male

Finally, managed to get a decent profile shot of this super-shy deer. Barking deer is also known as the Indian Muntjac or the red muntjac, is very shy and barks like a dog when it sees or feels the presence of a predator. It is found in most forests in India across south central and north India.

Tiger

Bandhavgarh calling! Leaving for a Central India tour today and hope to get some good sightings.. Here is Banbei sub adult cub clicked last year around the same time...

Desert Fox

Tal Chapar, Rajasthan

Tiger

What do you do when a big wild Tiger winks at you?

Cat Walk

The ever graceful Rajbehra female of Bandhavgarh

Rofous Tailed Lark

Lucky o get this guy on a clean perch

Malabar Grey Hornbill

This male gave us some nice pose on a clean perch :)

Puff Throated Babler

Season Opener at Ganeshgudi..

Yellow Footed Green Pigeon

Birding in the middle of India's number one Tiger reserve.

Road crossing

The Queen of Kabini giving us a look before crossing the road..

APFC Male

Asian Paradise Flycatcher (APFC), Male