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Cooling off...
Road Block
Indian Skimmer
Red-headed Vulture
Spot Bellied Eagle Owl
Blue Tailed Bee Eater
Ashy Prinia
Blue Throated Blue Flycatcher, Female
Asian Fairy Bluebird
Road Block
Black-Capped Kingfisher
Brown Winged Kingfisher
Closeup of a Gorgeous Lady
Morning Glory
Appayar Tower Male
Queen from Kabini
Spot-Bellied Eagle owl
Show Stopper
Greater Flameback
White Rumped Shama, Female
Spot Billed Pelican
Sarus Crane
Black Redstart, Male
Territory Marking
Small Blue Kingfisher
Bluethroat
Urban Wildlife
Malabar Trogon, Male
Asian Pied Starling
Malabar Trogon, female
Common Kingfisher (Common Blue)
Long legged Buzzard
Tiger Cubs
Laggar Falcon
Laggar Falcon
Booted Eagle
Rose-ringed Parakeet
On the rocks !!
Long legged Buzzard
Tawny Eagle
Southern Grey Shrike
Malabar Trogon, Male
Bay backed Shrike
Leopard
A bold cub
Leppy in the greens
Indian Silver Bill
Serpent Eagle
Lady on the Prowl..
Rajbehra Cub
India's National Bird.
The season of Dance
Bamera Male, Bandhavgarh
Tickell's Blue Fly-Catcher
Sloth Bear
Bamera Male from Bandhavgarh
Tiger Portrait
Pheasant-tailed Jacana
Malabar Whistling Thrush
Bamera
Indian Pitta
Thirsty Big boy..
Wild Dog
Tiger
The menacing looks....
Tiger
Road Block
Male Leopard
Green Vine Snake
Indian Openbill
Tiger at Kabini
B2 from my archives
Dark Fronted Babbler
Ring Billed Gull
Boat Tailed Grackle, Male
Black Vulture
Red-winged Blackbird, Immature
Turkey Vulture
American Coot
Limpkin
Wood Stork
Lesser Scaup
Scrub Jay
Boat-tailed Grackle
Snowy Egret
Red-Winged Blackbird
Painted Bunting, Male
Osprey with half eaten fish
Indian Blue Robin
Yellow Browed Bulbul
Ruby Throated Bulbul
Malabar Pied Hornbill
Black-Lored Tit, Male
White Rumped Shama, Female
Blue-Capped Rock Thrush, Male
The Queen of Bandipur
Road Block
Scarface
Inquisitive Cub
Telia Cub Scent marking..
Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Male
Stork Billed Kingfisher
Leopard
Tadoba Tiger
Tadoba Tiger
Telia Cub, Female
Black Redstart, Male
Morning Glory
Sarus Crane
Spot Billed Duck
Black Redstart, Female
Paradise Fly-Catcher, Male
White Throated KF
Spot-Billed Pelican
Emerald Dove
Tiger, Bandipur
Tiger, Kabini
Sand Piper
Grey Headed Fish Eagle
Scaly-Breasted Munia
Leopard
Tiger, Kabini
House Sparrow (Male)
Flame Throated Bulbul
Scaly-Breasted Munia
Blue Cap Rock Thrush
Malabar Pit Viper
White Bellied Fly Catcher, Female
Pied Hornbill
Humped-Nose Pit Viper
Tiger, Bandhavgarh
Junvenile CSE
Tiger
The Scarface again!
Shikra
Pied Kingfisher
Leopard
Scarface
Eurasian Eagle Owl
White-Eyed Buzzard
Kallu
CHE Portrait
Euresian Eagle Owl
White Eyed Buzzard.
Black rumped Flameback
Shivaji
Male at Charkawar Dam, Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve
Tiger - Adiyal Male
Tiger
Shivaji
In her cave
Leap of faith
Elephas Maximus - The Big Boss !!!
Hot summer afternoon..
Brown Fish Owl
Caught in top flight...
Black Ibis
Indian River Tern Fledgling
Spot Bellied Eagle Owl
Mottled Wood Owl
Mottled Wood Owl
Spotting the Spotted :)
Leopard
Leopard
Leopard
Leopard
Tail's up
Hanumans on the forest floor
Chorbehra Female
Kankati Cub at Jamunia
Gowri, the Queen of Bandipur
Mirchaini Female
On the Rocks
Tiger in the Water
The rising star of Mahaman..
Spot Billed Pelican
Lady of the lake
Tiger Close up
Mukunda Male
Cooling off
Tiger
Bamera Male, Bandhavgarh
Tiger Cubs
Tiger
Tiger - Mukunda Male
ALERT
Wild Dogs
Purple Sunbird, Female
Tiger (Kankati)
Tiger, Bandipur
Tiger Cub at Rajbehra Dam
Tiger
Streak-throated Woodpecker, Male
Black Shouldered Kite
Magpie Robin
Brown Fish Owl
Leopard
Blue cap Rock Thrush
White Breasted Kingfisher
Leopard
Blue-bearded Bee-eater
Asian Fairy Bluebird, Female
Spot Billed Pelican
Grey Frankolin
Tusker
Indian Bull Gaur
River Tern
Wld Dog Profile Shot
Honey Buzzard
Tiger Pugmark
Tigress with Cubs
Tiger
Tiger Cub
Tiger
Tiger
Tiger
Hoppoe Bird
Grey Headed Fish Eagle
Changeable Hawk Eagle
White Eyed Buzzard
Indian Roller
Indian Courser
Stone Plover
Green Bee-eater
Yellow Wattled Lapwing
Tiger
Tiger
Changeable Hawk Eagle
Peacock at rain
Tiger
Montagu Harrier, Female
Night jar
Jewel Bug
Blackbuck
Montagu Harrier (Male)
Sambhar fawn and Doe
Elephants
Gloriosa Superba (Glory Lily)
Malabar Giant Squirrel
Elephant
Scops Owl
Jungle Owlet
Bonnet Macaque
Leopard
Tiger
Leopard
Tiger
Imperial Pigeon
Indian Roller
Indian Roller
Wild Dog pair
Black Naped Hare
Tiger
Jungle Owlet
Spotted Owlet
Wild Dog
Orange Bristle Beetle
common emigrant
common crow
Pied Bushchat, female
Blackwood Spider
Yellow Thighed Tarantula
Leopard
Serpent Eagle
Wild Dog
Tiger
Morning walk by the lady of the lake
White Bellied Drongo
Serpent Eagle
Fluted Orb Spider
Gastrakantha
Leopard
Leopard
Wolf Spider
White Bellied Woodpecker
Paradise Flycatcher
Brown Fish Owl
Giant Grizzled Squirrel
Peregrine Falcon
White Wagtail
Indian Jackal with Deer head
Barasingha Herd
Peacock Dance
Soft back Turtle
Elephant
Elephant scape
Vulture
Tiger Tourism
Malabar Giant Squirrel
Serpent Eagle
Elephant
Indian Gaur (Female)
Flower
Crocodile
Rosy Starling
Brown Fish Owl
Tiger
Leopard Cub
Leopard
Grey Headed Fish Eagle
Serpent Eagle
Black Rumped Flameback
White Wagtail
Crocodile Babies
Leopard
Leopard
Deer Fawn Suckling
Alexandrine Parakeet
Stork Billed Kingfisher
Crocodile
Stork Billed Kingfisher
River Tern Chick
Mongoose with Snake
Wild Dog
Black Buck fawn and doe
Luna Moth
Sunrise in Bandipur
B2 the Legend
Rajbehra
Sunset at Kabini
Cauvery
Bhadra
Sunset at Pench
Green Keelback
Pied Bushchat, Male
Turtle
Spot Billed Duck
Crocodile
Tiger
Leopard
Tiger Yawn
Tiger
Stork Billed Kingfisher
Spot Billed Duck
Malabar Parakeet
Spotted Dove
White Browed Fantail Flycatcher
Monitor Lizard
Scarlet Minivet, Female
Ashy Prinia
Bay Backed Shrike
Plain Prinia
Paddy field Pipit
Pied Cuckoo
Common Kestrel
Common Stonechat
Black Kite
Pied Bushchat, Male
Common Kestrel
Ashy Crowned Sparrow Lark
Black Naped Hare
Mouse Deer
Rufous Treepie
Brown Shrike
Coucal
Racket Tailed Drongo
Egret
Hummingbird
Hume's Lesser Whitethroat
Lesser Cormorant
PYRRHULOXIA, Cardenal Torito
Tickell's Blue Flycatcher
Malabar Whistling Thrush
Common Hawk Cuckoo
Montagu's Harrier, Female
Black Kite
Common Stonechat, Female
Adjutant Stork
Brown Headed Barbett
Grey Heron with a snake kill
Common Sandpiper
Jungle Babbler
Bharminy Starling
Black-Headed Cuckooshrike
Lotens Sunbird
White Ibis, Juvenile
Sloth Bear
Sloth Bear
Sloth Bear
River Tern
Elephants
Rufous-Tailed Lark
White rumped Shama
Chocolate Pansy
Common Baron
Common Blue Bottle
Tamil Lacewing
Lime Butterfly
Tortoise
Common Sandgrouse
Mottled Emigrant
Tiger, Bandhavgarh
Leopard
Leopard
Otter
Untitled
Whistling Duck
Northern Shoveller
Ram
Leopard
Tiger, Bandipur
White Bellied Sea Eagle
Giant Grizzled Squirrel
Spot-Billed Pelican
Tiger closeup
Changeable Hawk Eagle
Painted Spur Fowl
White Throated Kingfisher
Summer Landscape
Indian Blue Robin, Male
White Rumped Shama, Male
Black buck
Malabar Trogon, Male
Leopard in a rainy morning..
Yellow Browed Bulbul
Profile shot of a Leppy
Serpant Eagle
Happy New Year
Gold
Barking Deer, Male
Ramp Walk
Pied Kingfisher, Female
Tiger Woods :)
Crimpson Backed Sunbird
Verditer Flycatcher
White Rumped Shama, Male
Emerald Dove
Oriental White Eye
Brown-Breasted Fly Catcher
Black Naped Monarch
Indian Scimitar Babbler
Verditer Flycatcher
Collared Kingfisher
White rumped Shama
Osprey
Blyth's Reed Warbler
New Male
Paradise Fly-Catcher
Plum-headed Parakeet
A Perfect Take-off
The Bold new Male
Collared Kingfisher
Quenching Thirst
Indian Pitta
Rofous Treepie
Malabar Trogan, Male
Little Spider Hunter
Flame Throated Bulbul
Lesser Yellow naped Woodpecker
Tiger
Blue Bearded Bee-eater
Lesser Yellow-Naped Woodpecker
Velvet fronted Nuthatch
Paradise FlyCatcher, Female
Large wood shrike
Blue Capped Rock Thrush
Malabar Trogon, Male
Tiger
Tiger
Brown Fish Owl..
Ramp Walk
White Bellied Blue Fly-catcher, Male
Sub Adult Female Cub
Queen
Blue-capped Rock Thrush
Malabar Whistling Thrush
Queen of Bandhavgarh
The King of Kolsa
Desert Fox
Tiger
Banded Bay Cuckoo
Tickell's Blue FlyCatcher
Tiger
Tiger
Greater Racket-Tailed Drongo
Cat Walk
ODKF
Leopard
Golden Oriole
Common Hawk Cuckoo
Dream Koel
Indian Cuckoo
Malabar Gliding Frog, Male
ODKF - The Jewel of Konkan
Plum Head Parakeet
White Bellied Woodpecker
Lantern Bug
Black Lored Tit
Blue Eared Kingfisher
Indian Eagle Owl, Female
Chestnut-Shouldered Petronia
Laughing Dove
Lion Tailed Macaque
Blue Eared Kingfisher, Female
Eurasian Eagle Owl
Rofous Tailed Lark
Lion Tailed Macaque
Hill Myna
Srilankan Frogmouth
Malabar Parakeet
Malabar Grey Hornbill
White Cheeked Barbet
Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher
Puff Throated Babler
Oriental White Eye
Copper Smith Barbet
Malabar Whistling Thrush
Barn Swallow
Crested Bunting
Painted Bush Quail
Lesser Goldenback
Vernal Hanging Parrot
Yellow Footed Green Pigeon
Oriental White Eye
Little or Small Pratincole
Great Tit
Nilgiri Laughing Thrush
White Browed Bulbul
Jerdon's Nightjar
Jerdon's Leafbird
Little Spider Hunter
Indian Blue Robin
Golden Fronted LEafbird
Leaf Warbler
Black Headed Munia
White Spotted Fantail
Tawny Bellied Babbler
Rusty Tailed Flycatcher
Ashy Drongo
Jerdon's Leafbird (Male)
Coppersmith Barbet
Malabar Parakeet (M)
Black and Orange FlyCatcher
Great Pied Hornbill
Pallas's Fish Eagle
Asian Brown Flycatcher
Verditer Flycatcher
Blue Eared Kingfisher
ODKF
Banded Bay Cuckoo
Blue Throated FlyCatcher
Blyth's Starling
Black Hooded Oriole
Brown Hawk-Owl
Small Pratincole
Bronze Winged Jacana
Darter
The Indian rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis)
Rusty Tailed Flycatcher
Short Eared Owl
Steppe Eagle
Eastern Imperial Eagle
LRK Sunset
Steppe Eagle
Ruddy Shellduck
Leafbird
Cinnamon Bittern
Hyena
Jungle Bush Quail
Tickell's Blue Flycatcher
Yellow Eyed Babbler
Red-billed Leiothrix
Nuthatch
White-Crested LaughingThrush
Straited Laughingthrush
Crested Kingfisher
Tusker
The Bijrani Queen
Black Headed Jay
Brown fronted Woodpecker
Indian Rhinoceros
Bank Myna
Tiger in Golden Light
Small Niltava
Yellow Throated Marten
Striated Laughingthrush
Tiger Family
Rofous Sibia
Black Bulbul
Rofous-Chinned Laughingthrush
Fateh (T42)
Purple-rumped Sunbird, Male
Black Headed Munia
Pale-billed Flowerpecker
Rhacophorus malabaricus
Leopard's Liar
International Tiger Day
Velvet Fronted Nuthatch
Tickell's Blue Flycatcher
Thick Billed Flowerpecker.
Lion King
White-Browed Robin-Chat
Leopard with a Kill
Morning Walk
Trophy Hunter...
Rofous-Bellied Woodpecker
Black Francolin
Hill Myna
White Backed Vulture
Black Bittern
Road crossing
APFC Male
Dominant Male
Sonam
Young Sonam..
Blue Throated Blue Flycatcher, Female
Asian Fairy Bluebird, Male
Jerdon's Leafbird
Fire on the Water
Spot Winged Grosbeak
Red-billed Blue Magpie
Road Block
Blue Eyes
Two Brothers
Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin
Mid air Tango
Vigor's Sunbird
European Roller
Queen of Rajbehra
Small Blue
Dont get any closer !!
Grey Headed Bulbul
Mottled Wood Owl
Yellow Crowned Woodpecker
White bellied Treepie
Asian Barred Owlet

Cooling off...

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

Road Block

Tiger on the Road :)

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...

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

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..

Brown Winged Kingfisher

Bhitarkanika

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..

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.

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.

Show Stopper

Big Male Leopard of Kabini

Greater Flameback

Very lucky to have sighted this beauty at Kabini.

White Rumped Shama, Female

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

Spot Billed Pelican

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

Sarus Crane

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

Black Redstart, Male

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 :)

Small Blue Kingfisher

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

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.

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.

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.

Asian Pied Starling

Finally got this species on a nice clean perch..

Malabar Trogon, female

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

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 :)

Long legged Buzzard

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 ;(

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.

Rose-ringed Parakeet

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.

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

Bay backed Shrike

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.

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..

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.

India's National Bird.

In full prime and breeding plumage..

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 Male, Bandhavgarh

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

Tickell's Blue Fly-Catcher

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

Sloth Bear

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

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.

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.

Pheasant-tailed Jacana

Malabar Whistling Thrush

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

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...

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.

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 :)

Tiger

The menacing looks....

A big dominant male but very shy.. we were so lucky to spend some time with him :)

Tiger

This is Rajbehra female from the summer of 2009... Looking forward to see her again this summer with her cubs :)

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 :)

Male Leopard

Green Vine Snake

It was fun and challenging to click this guy and getting a frame like this (Did get some more tight frames; later).. I was shooting with a 105mm macro and was very close to the snake and certainly in the striking range.. Though the snake is non-poisonous, the bite is usually very nasty and painful. The trick was to keep the snake's attention on another guy (our naturalist in this case) while I could get some close up shots with detail. I got pretty close too (to get the details of the eye etc; will post later) which he did not like.... I moved out just in time and narrowly escaped the strike :)

Indian Openbill

A small break in between a busy morning of nest building.. It was great fun to see them collect nesting material, wash them in water, fly out to carefully lay the material and also take some break to drink water.

Tiger at Kabini

A lot of waterholes in Kabini and Bandipur are running dry this season with very less water in the river too.. We all pray and hope for an early and healthy monsoon this season.

B2 from my archives

Though I have seen him a very few times, he is been my all time favorite and perhaps the most sought after Tiger of all times. The confidence with which he would walk without caring about the jeeps on the road and the way the jungle would shake up and shiver when he is on a prowl is something very unique about him.. He was a guy very difficult to click or make images as he would never ever bother to look at you, no matter what you do or how close you get... I have once seen him walk between two jeep with barely any space but he never lifted his head to look around... The entire jungle however knew the king was on a prowl... he is one who was truly mesmerising :)

Dark Fronted Babbler

One of the most super active birds at Old Magazine House..

Ring Billed Gull

On way to Merritt Island

Boat Tailed Grackle, Male

Black Vulture

Orlando Wetlands, after a long walk.

Red-winged Blackbird, Immature

Turkey Vulture

American Coot

Limpkin

Scientific name: Aramus guarauna

Wood Stork

Lesser Scaup

Scrub Jay

Boat-tailed Grackle

Snowy Egret

Red-Winged Blackbird

Painted Bunting, Male

Found this guy in my recent trip to Orlando, Florida.

Osprey with half eaten fish

Lucky to havr got this guy so close to the dirt road..

Indian Blue Robin

Very Lucky to have got this guy

Yellow Browed Bulbul

Lucky to have got him in an open clean perch in the morning light.

Ruby Throated Bulbul

A very shy bird, it took over 30 minutes of watching all around before he decided it was safe to come down for a drink..

Malabar Pied Hornbill

Black-Lored Tit, Male

An awesome morning spent at Ganeshgudi... The lighting condition was very challenging and therefore a lot of learning too.

White Rumped Shama, Female

Blue-Capped Rock Thrush, Male

Very happy to pose for the camera :)

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.

Road Block

One from the archives... Made this image a few year ago at Bandhavgarh. This road was known as "Alu Bonda" road which is closed for tourism since the Jhorjhura female died in a tragic accident.

Scarface

As we were rushing out of the park around the close time, this guy was waiting for us o the main road... Had not seen or photographed a Leopard for a while and I mentioned this to my friend, this guy showed up - AS if he heard me and was just waiting to say Hi!. It was simply awesome and we made some cool images in low but golden light which was fading away fast ....

Inquisitive Cub

Walked straight towards our jeep for a quick inspection...

Telia Cub Scent marking..

This one was a great sighting in my last trip to Tadoba..

Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Male

My all time fav bird gave me some awesome opportunity to make some awesome images that day :)

Stork Billed Kingfisher

Experiment with B&W and frame borders :)

Leopard

Shot in the fading light, very late in the evening.

Tadoba Tiger

The gorgeous and beautiful Telia Female.. She is successfully brought up 4 cubs who are about 16 months now..

Tadoba Tiger

The Katezeri Male of Tadoba

Telia Cub, Female

Black Redstart, Male

Morning Glory

Spot Billed Pelican

Sarus Crane

Worked hard and searched for these beauties for 2 full days.. Finally got them on day 2 evening in the tall grass. They are usually there because of the small chic and this is the best view I could manage..

Spot Billed Duck

It was a wonderful morning with great light and clicking this pair was great fun.

Black Redstart, Female

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.

White Throated KF

With breakfast on the banks of river Kali, Dandeli.

Spot-Billed Pelican

Take-Off

Emerald Dove

Tiger, Bandipur

On one morning safari, we got dis-appointed as we saw the track full of pug marks and we new we missed a tiger; to add to our sorrow, the jeep ahead saw a cub near a waterhole not far from there.. We decided to go ahead a wait and saw a leopard cross the road in hurry (no pictures).. We followed the alarm calls but to our surprise, this tigress came out and started walking on the track.. After a while she scent marked this tree, turned around and gave us some amazing looks. It was surely a very thrilling sighting..

Tiger, Kabini

Sand Piper

Grey Headed Fish Eagle

Scaly-Breasted Munia

It was amazing to see them spent nearly all day in collecting nesting material. This gave me some predictability and choice of spot for some closeup pics.. It still took me over two hours of waiting but was lucky in the end, I guess.

Leopard

Tiger, 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. We had no luck in the 1st three safaris and this one began no different with no clues or calls and as we entered our designated safari route (cant give the exact location as it may help poachers) we saw a herd of deers very al ert 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 :) This sighting is the most precious Diwali gift ever.. Thank you so much Afsar and wishing you all a splendid Diwali :)

House Sparrow (Male)

Its become so difficult to see these birds now a days. The urbanisation has taken its toll on these beautiful creatures who will be on the endagered list soon..

Flame Throated Bulbul

Scaly-Breasted Munia

Blue Cap Rock Thrush

Malabar Pit Viper

White Bellied Fly Catcher, Female

Pied Hornbill

Humped-Nose Pit Viper

Tiger, Bandhavgarh

Mirchaini Female cub clicked in 2010.

Junvenile CSE

Tiger

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

The Scarface again!

Shikra

Pied Kingfisher

Leopard

Quintessential Kabini

Scarface

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

Eurasian Eagle Owl

White-Eyed Buzzard

Kallu

One of the most handsome male from Bandhavgarh clicked in 2009

CHE Portrait

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

Euresian Eagle Owl

White Eyed Buzzard.

Black rumped Flameback

Woodpecker

Shivaji

The Hulk of Kolsa, TATR

Male at Charkawar Dam, Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve

Just back after a quick trip to Bandhavgarh - Saw this male late in the evening under very tricky light. He just walked across the bund giving us a good 2 minute sighting very late in the evening. We had just about enough time to get back to the gate within the stipulated time.

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 :)

Tiger

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

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..

In her cave

Leap of faith

The confidence with which he made this jump was amazing to watch. He was high up on a tall tree and did not hesitate even for a second before taking this jump.. The calculation in his mind was made with precision.

Elephas Maximus - The Big Boss !!!

Hot summer afternoon..

Brown Fish Owl

Caught in top flight...

Malabar Giant Squirrel

Black Ibis

Indian River Tern Fledgling

12 day old chick of River Tern clicked at Ranganthittu.

Spot Bellied Eagle Owl

Also known as the forest eagle owl, this rare beauty was spotted at Bandipur.. My first with this species :)

Mottled Wood Owl

Mottled Wood Owl

Hiding behind a leaf :)

Spotting the Spotted :)

One fine morning at Kabini

Leopard

With a water buffalo kill..

Leopard

Resting on the tree after a heavy meal..

Leopard

Leopard

Panthera Pardus

Tail's up

The dominant male was marking his territory !!!

Hanumans on the forest floor

Chorbehra Female

Wading thru water at Sidhbaba

Kankati Cub at Jamunia

Gowri, the Queen of Bandipur

Mirchaini Female

On the Rocks

Mirchaini female relaxing near her cave..

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.

The rising star of Mahaman..

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

Spot Billed Pelican

Collecting nesting material

Lady of the lake

Tiger Close up

This guy was very close - about 5m behind our jeep.. Used the 300mm at F4 to get this closeup shot.

Mukunda Male

The rising star of Mahaman

Cooling off

Tiger

Went into the Sunday evening safari with high expectations but got nothing till almost six, when we heard Sambhar deer alarm calls and this bold boy showed up at the waterhole. We were fortunate to spend a good 20 minutes with him who kept a close watch on the jeeps while gulping down a truck load of water. This was in bad lighting condition and the EXIF for this shot is: ISO 4000, F/4, 1/125, EV -1

Bamera Male, Bandhavgarh

The big dominant male of Bandhavgarh, Tala Zone.

Tiger Cubs

These are the Sukhi Patia cubs. They came one by one to drink water and were later joined by their mom.

Tiger

The dominant male at Bandipur...

Tiger - Mukunda Male

This guy is also known as the "Adiyal Male" from the Maghdi zone at Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve, and was frequently seen between the charger point and Mahaaman dam. We were lucky to find him here and then he walked with our gypsy (and 3/4 other) all the way to Mahaaman dam where he drank a truck load of water :)

ALERT

Thy huddle together and call together if they spot a tiger.. The alarm call was certainly deafening :)

Wild Dogs

This pack of Six hunted this deer and polished off the kill in less than 20 minutes.

Purple Sunbird, Female

This was rigth outside our room in JLR Bandipur.. She was busy building her nest most of that morning.

Tiger (Kankati)

Tiger, Bandipur

Saw this guy after almost an year. We spent over half hour with this guy in the morning drive and had to leave while he was still there as the safari time was up :(

Tiger Cub at Rajbehra Dam

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

Streak-throated Woodpecker, Male

Black Shouldered Kite

Magpie Robin

Brown Fish Owl

Clicked on a rain soaked morning at Kabini

Leopard

The Big Bold Male from Bandipur. He had a good meal and was relaxing there for over 45 minutes.

Blue cap Rock Thrush

The Blue-capped Rock Thrush Monticola cinclorhynchus is a species of chat. This thrush-like Old World flycatcher breeds in the foothills of the Himalayas and winters in the hill forests of southern India. The male is bright blue and black on the upperparts with a prominent white wing mirror. The underside is rufous brown. The female is dark olive and appears barred on the underside. Like thrushes´, they fly up into trees and tend to freeze when disturbed. It is a summer visitor in parts of Afghanistan and along the Himalayas from Pakistan to Arunachal Pradesh. In summer it is found in pine forests and hill slopes. In winter it is found in dense canopied forests (wiki).

White Breasted Kingfisher

Leopard

Blue-bearded Bee-eater

The Blue-bearded Bee-eater Nyctyornis athertoni is a large species of bee-eater found in South Asia. This species is found in openings in patches of dense forest. It is found in the Malayan region and also extends into the Western Ghats in southwestern India. The blue feathers of its throat are elongated and often held fluffed up giving it the name This large bee-eater has a large sickle shaped bill and the square ended tail lacks the "wires" that are typical of smaller bee-eaters. The bird is grass green with a turquoise forehead, face and chin. The feathers of the throat are elongated giving it a bearded appearance when they are fluffed out. The belly is yellowish to olive with streaks of green or blue. The peninsular Indian populations are said to be paler green than the northeast Indian populations. Although males and females appear similar, the blue throat feathers of the male show higher ultraviolet reflectivity than those of the female (Wiki).

Asian Fairy Bluebird, Female

Found her outside the BRHills forest entry gate on a wet morning. It was my first sighting of this bird and she gave just about enough time for a couple of clicks.... The Asian Fairy-bluebird, Irena puella, is a medium-sized, arboreal passerine bird. This fairy-bluebird is found in forests across tropical southern Asia from the Himalayan foothills, India and Sri Lanka east through Indochina, the Greater Sundas and Palawan (Philippines). Two or three eggs are laid in a small cup nest in a tree. It was described by British ornithologist John Latham in 1790. The only other member of the genus and family is the Philippine Fairy-bluebird, I. cyanogastra, which replaces the Asian Fairy-bluebird in most of the Philippines. The adult Asian Fairy Bluebird is about 24 to 27 centimetres (9.4 to 11 in). The male has glossy, iridescent blue upperparts, and black underparts and flight feathers. The female and first year male are entirely dull blue-green. The Asian Fairy Bluebird eats fruit, nectar and some insects. Its call is a liquid two note glue-it (Wiki).

Spot Billed Pelican

Grey Frankolin

Tusker

Indian Bull Gaur

River Tern

Indian River Tern female brings in food for her 12 day old fledgling :)

Wld Dog Profile Shot

Honey Buzzard

Tiger Pugmark

Tigress with Cubs

This is the Jhorjhura Tigress with her third litter.. The two cubs seen here are both female and they have grown to be fine tigress themselves.. One of them is know today as Kankati (she has 3 cubs) and the other one is known as the Rajbehra female (said to be pregnant). Together, they have a sizable share of Tala zone in Bandhavgarh.

Tiger

Tiger Cub

This 2 year (approx) old cub was brave enough to come out in presence of 4 jeeps full of people to drink water. The watchful and graceful walk was simply awesome.

Tiger

The Graceful Queen of Bandipur

Tiger

The Queen of Bandipur

Tiger

The Bold new male of Bandipur

Hoppoe Bird

Grey Headed Fish Eagle

Changeable Hawk Eagle

White Eyed Buzzard

Indian Roller

Indian Courser

Stone Plover

Green Bee-eater

Yellow Wattled Lapwing

Tiger

Tiger

Bandipur again!!

Changeable Hawk Eagle

Peacock at rain

Tiger

Montagu Harrier, Female

Night jar

Jewel Bug

Chrysocoris stolli Phylum: Arthropoda Family: Scutelleridae

Blackbuck

Montagu Harrier (Male)

Sambhar fawn and Doe

Elephants

Gloriosa Superba (Glory Lily)

Malabar Giant Squirrel

Elephant

Scops Owl

Jungle Owlet

Bonnet Macaque

There were langoors and Sambhar deer giving alarm calls from top of the hill and the mother monkey (Bonnet Macaque) had her eyes set in that direction. The baby was playing around and after sensing danger, she ran back to the safety of her mother's arms.. The baby thought danger was the jeep. Alittle later, a Tiger showed up with a Wild Boar kill from top of the hill !! It was a trilling wildlife episode.....

Leopard

Panthera PArdus

Tiger

Leopard

Tiger

Imperial Pigeon

Indian Roller

Mating!

Indian Roller

Tossing the Prey

Wild Dog pair

Black Naped Hare

Tiger

Jungle Owlet

Spotted Owlet

Wild Dog

Shifting location of the cub... Was lucky to witness such rare moments in the wild.

Orange Bristle Beetle

common emigrant

common crow

Pied Bushchat, female

Blackwood Spider

Yellow Thighed Tarantula

Leopard

Serpent Eagle

Wild Dog

Tiger

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.

White Bellied Drongo

Serpent Eagle

Fluted Orb Spider

Herennia Ornatissima

Gastrakantha

Leopard

Leopard

Wolf Spider

White Bellied Woodpecker

My most favorite Woodpecker

Paradise Flycatcher

Brown Fish Owl

Giant Grizzled Squirrel

Peregrine Falcon

The fastest Flying machine on planet earth

White Wagtail

Indian Jackal with Deer head

Enjoying Deer Head for Breakfast

Barasingha Herd

Alert after a tiger took down one of them.

Peacock Dance

Soft back Turtle

Found this guy in Kanha at a small water hole near center point.

Elephant

Lone Tusker near Kabini Back Waters

Elephant scape

Kabini Back Waters

Vulture

Soaring high.. Clicked from Vulture Point at Bandhavgarh fort.

Tiger Tourism

He walked behind my jeep for over 3.5Kms and was least bothered about all the noise behind him.

Malabar Giant Squirrel

Serpent Eagle

With Snake Kill

Elephant

Indian Gaur (Female)

Flower

Crocodile

It caught and ate a Spoonbill in no time..

Rosy Starling

Brown Fish Owl

Tiger

Kalua, Bandhavgarh

Leopard Cub

Panthera Pardus

Leopard

Grey Headed Fish Eagle

Serpent Eagle

Black Rumped Flameback

Woodpecker

White Wagtail

Tadoba

Crocodile Babies

Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary

Leopard

Leopard

Deer Fawn Suckling

Alexandrine Parakeet

Stork Billed Kingfisher

Crocodile

Stork Billed Kingfisher

River Tern Chick

Mongoose with Snake

Wild Dog

Black Buck fawn and doe

Luna Moth

Sunrise in Bandipur

Forest

B2 the Legend

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.

Rajbehra

A beautiful landscape in early morning light. Can you spot the crouched Tiger looking for breakfast?

Sunset at Kabini

Cauvery

Near Galibore Fishing Camp

Bhadra

Sunset at Pench

Green Keelback

Pied Bushchat, Male

Turtle

Nagarhole

Spot Billed Duck

Crocodile

Tiger

The Queen of Bandipur

Leopard

The big dominant male of Bandipur was relaxing here after a big meal. WE got to spend over 45 minutes with him :)

Tiger Yawn

Tiger

Bammera Male in monochrome tones; A different perspective

Stork Billed Kingfisher

Spot Billed Duck

Malabar Parakeet

Spotted Dove

White Browed Fantail Flycatcher

Monitor Lizard

Scarlet Minivet, Female

Ashy Prinia

Bay Backed Shrike

Plain Prinia

Paddy field Pipit

Pied Cuckoo

Common Kestrel

Common Stonechat

Black Kite

Pied Bushchat, Male

Common Kestrel

Ashy Crowned Sparrow Lark

Black Naped Hare

Mouse Deer

Rufous Treepie

The Rufous Treepie (Dendrocitta vagabunda) is an Asian treepie, a member of the Corvidae (crow) family. It is long tailed and has loud musical calls making it very conspicuous. It is found commonly in open scrub, agricultural areas, forests as well as urban gardens. Like other corvids it is very adaptable, omnivorous and opportunistic in feeding.

This is a typically arboreal species feeding almost completely in trees on fruits, seeds, invertebrates, small reptiles and the eggs and young of birds; it has also been known to take flesh from recently killed carcasses. It is extremely agile while searching for food, clinging and clambering through the branches and will sometimes travel in small mixed hunting parties with unrelated species such as drongos and babblers. It has been observed feeding on parasites of wild deer. Like many other corvids they are known to cache food. They have been considered to be beneficial to palm cultivation in southern India due to their foraging on the grubs of the destructive weevil (Wiki).

Brown Shrike

Coucal

The Greater Coucal or Crow Pheasant (Centropus sinensis) is a large non-parasitic member of the cuckoo order of birds, the Cuculiformes. A widespread resident in Asia, from India, east to south China and Indonesia, it is divided into several subspecies, some being treated as full species. They are large, crow-like with a long tail and coppery brown wings and found in wide range of habitats from jungle to cultivation and urban gardens. They are weak fliers, and are often seen clambering about in vegetation or walking on the ground as they forage for insects, eggs and nestlings of other birds. They have a familiar deep resonant call which is associated with omens in many parts of its range. This is a large species of cuckoo at 48 cm. The head is black, upper mantle and underside are black glossed with purple. The back and wings are chestnut brown. There are no pale shaft streaks on the coverts. The eyes are ruby red. Juveniles are duller black with spots on the crown and there are whitish bars on the underside and tail (Wiki).

Racket Tailed Drongo

Racket-tailed Drongo, Dicrurus paradiseus, is a medium-sized Asian bird which is distinctive in having elongated outer tail feathers with webbing restricted to the tips. They are placed along with other drongos in the family Dicruridae. They are conspicuous in the forest habitats often perching in the open and by attracting attention with a wide range of loud calls that include perfect imitations of many other birds. It has been suggested that these imitations may help in the formation of mixed-species foraging flocks, a feature seen in forest bird communities where many insect feeders forage together. These drongos will sometimes steal insect prey caught or disturbed by other foragers in the flock. They are diurnal but are active well before dawn and late at dusk.

In most of its range in Asia, this is the largest of the drongo species and is readily identifiable by the distinctive tail rackets and the crest of curled feather that begin in front of the face above the beak and along the crown to varying extents according to the subspecies. The tail with twirled rackets is distinctive and in flight it can appear as if two large bees were chasing a black bird (Wiki).

Egret

In Breeding Plumage..

Hummingbird

This was clicked during a nature walk at Tucson Arizona, USA.

Hume's Lesser Whitethroat

Lesser Cormorant

PYRRHULOXIA, Cardenal Torito

This was clicked during a nature walk at Tucson Arizona, USA.

Tickell's Blue Flycatcher

The Tickell's Blue Flycatcher (Cyornis tickelliae) is a small passerine bird in the flycatcher family. This is an insectivorous species which breeds in tropical southern Asia from India and Sri Lanka to Indonesia. They are blue on the upperparts and the throat and breast are rufous. They are found in dense scrub to forest habitats.

Malabar Whistling Thrush

The Malabar Whistling Thrush ( Myophonus horsfieldii) is a whistling thrush in the thrush family Turdidae. They are also known locally by the name of Whistling Schoolboy for the whistling calls that they make at dawn that have a very human quality. The species is a resident in the Western Ghats and associated hills of peninsular India including central India and parts of the Eastern Ghats (Wiki). This was clicked at BR Hills main road.

Common Hawk Cuckoo

The Brain fever Bird..

Montagu's Harrier, Female

Waited a while for a possible take-off shot. She obliged by taking off into the frame and not away from it.. One needs luck and patience to get these; you need to stay glued to your camera's eye piece for a long time and the bird may fly in a different direction giving you a frame you dont like.. These harriers are birds of prey of the harrier subfamily. They are medium-sized raptors and the largest and broadest-winged harriers. Most of them are associated with marshland and dense reedbeds. They are found almost worldwide, excluding only the Americas.

Black Kite

Collecting nesting material.

Common Stonechat, Female

Adjutant Stork

Brown Headed Barbett

Grey Heron with a snake kill

Common Sandpiper

Jungle Babbler

Noisiest birds in the jungle and everywhere else - They seem to be perpetually shrieking - fighting each other, broadcasting gossip around town or generally feeling good to be with each other. Also known as 'seven sisters' (and quite appropriately some would say), these forage in groups for insects, ants/ termites.

Bharminy Starling

Black-Headed Cuckooshrike

Lotens Sunbird

White Ibis, Juvenile

Sloth Bear

Sloth Bear

Sloth Bear

River Tern

Elephants

This herd was tired and thirsty on a hot summer evening at Kabini. Despite that, the herd took all precautions before they crossed the road and guarded the baby all the time.

Rufous-Tailed Lark

White rumped Shama

Chocolate Pansy

Common Baron

Common Blue Bottle

Tamil Lacewing

Lime Butterfly

Tortoise

Basking in the sun

Common Sandgrouse

Mottled Emigrant

Tiger, Bandhavgarh

The Blue-eyed boy from Mirchaini. Unfortunately he and his brother has now been shifted to Bhopal zoo as they reportedly turned man-eater and killed a few villagers.

Leopard

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

Leopard

It was on the tree for a very short while as there were wild dogs nearby.. It watched them for a while then got dwon and went off on the other direction.

Otter

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Whistling Duck

Northern Shoveller

Ram

He is the dominant male of the Bandipur tourism zone.

Leopard

Yala National Park

Tiger, Bandipur

White Bellied Sea Eagle

Giant Grizzled Squirrel

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

Spot-Billed Pelican

Side profile image made in beautiful early morning light..

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

Changeable Hawk Eagle

Was calling out loudly after getting a fresh catch early in the morning.

Painted Spur Fowl

One of the most beautiful birds seen in our forests.

White Throated Kingfisher

This was clicked during a boat ride in Ganeshgudi..

Summer Landscape

Tiger in Kanha Meadows..

Indian Blue Robin, Male

White Rumped Shama, Male

Another awesome sighting of this beaty..

Black buck

Black buck in the grasslands of Tal Chapar.

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 :)

Leopard in a rainy morning..

Kabini again!

Yellow Browed Bulbul

Local residents at Ganeshgudi

Profile shot of a Leppy

Serpant Eagle

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

Happy New Year

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.

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.

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....

Pied Kingfisher, Female

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

Tiger Woods :)

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

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.

Verditer Flycatcher

Found her on a clean perch in great light..

White Rumped Shama, Male

Emerald Dove

Profile shot from Ganeshgudi, Karnataka, INDIA

Oriental White Eye

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

Brown-Breasted Fly Catcher

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

Black Naped Monarch

Late evening, High ISO shot

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 :)

Verditer Flycatcher

This guy was hoping around in joy :)

Collared Kingfisher

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

White rumped Shama

The bathing beauty..

Osprey

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

Blyth's Reed Warbler

A rare treat..

New Male

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

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 :)

Plum-headed Parakeet

This male was busy feeding on this plant and gave us the opportunity and time to approach him slowly.

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 :)

The Bold new Male

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.

Quenching Thirst

One of my most memorable tiger sighting.

Indian Pitta

Happy to find this guy in Kabini

Rofous Treepie

Rofous treepie

Malabar Trogan, Male

Finally, found this guy at Ganeshgudi

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

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 :)

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.

Blue Bearded Bee-eater

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

Lesser Yellow-Naped Woodpecker

This was truly a dream come true...

Velvet fronted Nuthatch

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

Paradise FlyCatcher, Female

She was drying and preening herself after a quick bath.

Large wood shrike

Found them in Ganeshgudi, finally !!

Blue Capped Rock Thrush

Ganeshgudi Again!

Malabar Trogon, Male

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

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...

Tiger

Sub adult cub, Female

Brown Fish Owl..

Very close to our jeep in Bandhavgarh...

Ramp Walk

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

White Bellied Blue Fly-catcher, Male

This image was made at Ganeshgudi..

Sub Adult Female Cub

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

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 :)

Blue-capped Rock Thrush

Female..

Malabar Whistling Thrush

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

Queen of Bandhavgarh

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

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.

Desert Fox

Tal Chapar, Rajasthan

Tiger

Tiger at Kabini

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.

Tickell's Blue FlyCatcher

A break in between hectic nest building activity.

Tiger

Sub Adult Male Cub of Rajbehra family...

Tiger

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

Greater Racket-Tailed Drongo

Found this guy at Kabini

Cat Walk

The ever graceful Rajbehra female of Bandhavgarh

ODKF

Oriental Dwarf King Fisher

Leopard

A beautiful female Leopard.

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..

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.

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

Malabar Gliding Frog, Male

Rhacophorus malabaricus (Malabar Gliding Frog)

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 :)

Plum Head Parakeet

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

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.

Black Lored Tit

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

Blue Eared Kingfisher

My dream KF on a dream perch

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.

Chestnut-Shouldered Petronia

Also known as Yellow Throated Sparrow

Laughing Dove

Bird Hide, JLR Hampi

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.

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

Rofous Tailed Lark

Lucky o get this guy on a clean perch

Lion Tailed Macaque

Mating pair :)

Hill Myna

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

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.

Malabar Parakeet

Also known as Blue Tailed Parakeet

Malabar Grey Hornbill

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

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 :)

Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher

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

Puff Throated Babler

Season Opener at Ganeshgudi..

Oriental White Eye

Season opener at Ganeshgudi

Copper Smith Barbet

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

Malabar Whistling Thrush

Long days wait to get this beauty on a clean perch

Barn Swallow

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

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.

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.

Lesser Goldenback

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

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.

Yellow Footed Green Pigeon

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

Oriental White Eye

Ganeshgudi

Little or Small Pratincole

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

Great Tit

Finally got this beauty at Ooty.

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

White Browed Bulbul

Bangalore outskirts

Jerdon's Nightjar

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

Jerdon's Leafbird

Clicked under very challenging light conditions..

Little Spider Hunter

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

Indian Blue Robin

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

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.

Leaf Warbler

Finally got a good close image of this beauty.

Black Headed Munia

Also known as the Tri Colour Munia

White Spotted Fantail

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

Tawny Bellied Babbler

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

Rusty Tailed Flycatcher

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

Ashy Drongo

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

Jerdon's Leafbird (Male)

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

Coppersmith Barbet

I felt blessed as the light was simply divine !!

Malabar Parakeet (M)

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

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.

Great Pied Hornbill

Kaziranga Rocks!

Pallas's Fish Eagle

Juvenile..

Asian Brown Flycatcher

Made a very brief appearance just to please us :)

Verditer Flycatcher

Ganeshgudi, Feb2014

Blue Eared Kingfisher

Food for the young ones in the nest

ODKF

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

Banded Bay Cuckoo

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

Blue Throated FlyCatcher

One more beautiful flycatcher added to the list.

Blyth's Starling

Finally got this beauty in Kerala.

Black Hooded Oriole

Oriole

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.

Bronze Winged Jacana

Jacana

Darter

aka Snake Bird

The Indian rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis)

The pride of Assam and India

Rusty Tailed Flycatcher

Flycatcher

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 :)

Steppe Eagle

LRK

Eastern Imperial Eagle

In Flight

LRK Sunset

The bird is Steppe Eagle

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 :)

Ruddy Shellduck

aka Brahminy Duck

Leafbird

Golden Fronted Leafbird, Female

Cinnamon Bittern

A tough bird to find and photograph.

Hyena

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

Jungle Bush Quail

Near Bangalore

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 :)

Red-billed Leiothrix

Dream Bird

Nuthatch

Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch

White-Crested LaughingThrush

At Chafi near Forest gate...

Straited Laughingthrush

One of the four Laughing thrush we saw at Sattal.

Crested Kingfisher

10 of 12 KFs found in India done :)

Tusker

Elephas Maximus

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 :)

Black Headed Jay

Tough to get these shy beauties :)

Brown fronted Woodpecker

He was such a delight to click...

Indian Rhinoceros

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

Bank Myna

Bank Myna

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 :)

Small Niltava

Got this Lifer in this trip to Sattal..

Yellow Throated Marten

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

Striated Laughingthrush

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

Tiger Family

Rofous Sibia

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

Black Bulbul

One of the most dashing and beautiful Bulbuls :)

Rofous-Chinned Laughingthrush

Fateh (T42)

Big Daddy of Ranthambore...

Purple-rumped Sunbird, Male

Black Headed Munia

also known as Tri-Colour Munia

Pale-billed Flowerpecker

Finally got it..

Rhacophorus malabaricus

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

Leopard's Liar

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

International Tiger Day

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

Velvet Fronted Nuthatch

@ Ganeshgudi, Karnataka

Tickell's Blue Flycatcher

This one is a Juvenile

Thick Billed Flowerpecker.

Thick Billed Flowerpecker.

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 with a Kill

The kill is a Warthog.

Morning Walk

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

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..

Rofous-Bellied Woodpecker

Pangot, near Nainital Uttarakand.

Black Francolin

Black Francolin, Male

Hill Myna

My all time favorite birdie....

White Backed Vulture

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

Black Bittern

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

Road crossing

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

APFC Male

Asian Paradise Flycatcher (APFC), Male

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...

Sonam

She sat there waiting for her cubs to crossover..

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..

Blue Throated Blue Flycatcher, Female

Asian Fairy Bluebird, Male

After a year long wait :)

Jerdon's Leafbird

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

Fire on the Water

Tiger Crossing River

Spot Winged Grosbeak

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

Red-billed Blue Magpie

Finally got this beauty in dream settings..

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.

Blue Eyes

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

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...

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.

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.

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.

European Roller

A passage migrant in India

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.

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 :)

Grey Headed Bulbul

Finally got this beauty at Shimoga, Karnataka.

Mottled Wood Owl

At night using Torch light...

Yellow Crowned Woodpecker

Yellow-crowned Woodpecker or Maratha Woodpecker– (Dendrocopos mahrattensis) is called Marartha WP because it was first described from this region of South Maharashtra in Central India, and may also be because the red crown of the male resembles the Red “turban” of the Maratha warriors.

White bellied Treepie

Most beautiful Treepie among all of them.

Asian Barred Owlet

Finally got this guy one morning during our treks in the mountains of Sattal.