One of the best sights in the wild is Tiger cubs with mother cooling off at a water hole..
Tiger on the Road :)
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
One of my most memorable tiger sighting.
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..
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.
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 :)
These are Rajbehra cubs. I saw them in May 2013 when they were about a year old.
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.
Tiger in Kanha Meadows..
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..
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.
Bamera Male, Bandhavgarh
One of my favourite Tigers. He walked with us that day for over 4 Kms.. It was simply awesome!!
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.
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
This guy is known as Mukunda Male and is a beautiful young Tiger. He is seen often in the Bandhavgarh's Khitouli zone.
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
The menacing looks....
A big dominant male but very shy.. we were so lucky to spend some time with him :)
Presenting the Adiyal (Arrogant) male from Bandhavgarh !! He is also known as Mukunda Male.
Bammera Male in monochrome tones; A different perspective
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.
The Hulk of Kolsa, TATR
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!
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.
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.
The Katezeri Male of Tadoba
The gorgeous and beautiful Telia Female.. She is successfully brought up 4 cubs who are about 16 months now..
Walked straight towards our jeep for a quick inspection...
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.
Telia Cub, Female
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..
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 :)
Mirchaini Female cub clicked in 2010.
One of the most handsome male from Bandhavgarh clicked in 2009
This is Rajbehra female from the summer of 2009... Looking forward to see her again this summer with her cubs :)
Wading thru water at Sidhbaba
Kankati Cub at Jamunia
It is such a blessed feeling to see a tiger crossing the Rajbehra dam :)
In her cave
Gowri, the Queen of Bandipur
On the Rocks
Mirchaini female relaxing near her cave..
The rising star of Mahaman
The dominant male at Bandipur...
Tiger Close up
This guy was very close - about 5m behind our jeep.. Used the 300mm at F4 to get this closeup shot.
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..
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 - 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 :)
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 :)
Bamera Male, Bandhavgarh
The big dominant male of Bandhavgarh, Tala Zone.
The rising star of Mahaman..
Mukunda male again - On his way to Mahaman, where he drank a truck load of water..
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 :(
These are the Sukhi Patia cubs. They came one by one to drink water and were later joined by their mom.
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
Tiger Cub at Rajbehra Dam
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.
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.
Lady of the lake
The Queen of Bandipur
The Graceful Queen of Bandipur
The Queen of Bandipur
He walked behind my jeep for over 3.5Kms and was least bothered about all the noise behind him.
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.
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.
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.
He is the dominant male of the Bandipur tourism zone.
Telia Cub Scent marking..
This one was a great sighting in my last trip to Tadoba..
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 :)
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.
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 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.
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....
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.
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...
Sub adult cub, Female
Ramp walk by the most gorgeous lady of Bandhavgarh at the most beautiful and hot stage :)
Sub Adult Female Cub
She is very bold.. came and sat close to our jeep.
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 :)
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.
Tiger at Kabini
Sub Adult Male Cub of Rajbehra family...
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....
What do you do when a big wild Tiger winks at you?
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.
The ever graceful Rajbehra female of Bandhavgarh
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 :)
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 :)
Big Daddy of Ranthambore...
International Tiger Day
Fateh, T42, Ranthambore Tiger Reserve. He was chilling out after eating a heavy meal.
The Queen of Kabini giving us a look before crossing the road..
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...
She sat there waiting for her cubs to crossover..
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..
Fire on the Water
Tiger Crossing River
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.
Th Gorgeous Lady gave us a sighting of a lifetime..
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...
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.
Dont get any closer !!
A favorite resting place.. He growled in low voice just to issue early warning and we backed off right there :)