Saturday, May 14, 2016

Photography at Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary, Kabini, Karnataka

After an almost perfect wildlife trip in Bandipur, we headed to Nagarhole. On the banks of river Kabini,Jungle Lodges and Resort was a treat. We came here with the least expectation about wildlife sighting - only to realize by end of the trip that it became one of the most memorable.

The resort was undoubtedly serene and relaxing. We only had one night stay here which included only one jeep safari, little we knew that one jeep safari will become the experience of a lifetime. It was absolute wallpaper stuff. For any wildlife enthusiast, it would take years and scores of safaris to get to see the moments that I saw this time around - Outright Breathtaking.

I might have to write a separate post on my experience to spot the Tiger from a distance of 15 feet, that moment was incredible and it deserves its space. For now, enjoy the pics below.

Tigress

We spotted it sitting near a bush - in that hot afternoon

Probably thinking what to do

Not bothered about our presence

Waiting for the cooler evening

But then it decided something else

And it started walking

Crossed the road - right in front of our jeep

Started going towards a small water body

Kept walking

Far inside the jungle

finally found its own natural jacuzi

We thought it got aware about our presence

But it didn't bother her

She enjoyed the pool like anything

Posed for us from every possible angle

Started yawning and the big grunt can be heard from miles away

Time out!

15 minutes was all we got

End of show!

Elephant sighting with calf




Common Hawk Cuckoo

Black-hooded Oriole

Green Imperial Pigeon

Orange-headed Thrush


Great Cormorant

Little Cormorant

Darter

Brahminy Kite

Grey Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron

Wooly-necked Stork

Wooly-necked Stork

Jungle Crow

Coppersmith Barbet

Crocodile

Crocodile

White Hibiscus


Friday, May 13, 2016

Photography at Bandipur Wildlife Sanctuary, Karnataka

This trip was planned only one week in advance. The first choice was obviously Kanha Wildlife Sanctuary but one month waiting time for safari booking skewed my decision elsewhere. Some options that came up were Dehradun, Ganeshgudi and Bandipur. After a lot of contemplation finally decided on Bandipur National Forest. Also, clubbed together the Nagarhole National Forest as they were nearby.

I’m not sure whether our luck would have accompanied us to Kanha – however the lady luck for sure was showering from all quarters when it came to either Bandipur or Nagarhole.

I didn’t add significantly to my Life List of birds, with only two additions this time. Still I’m not complaining – because the kind of wildlife sighting we got, was hard to beat. We took 4 safaris in Bandipur and only in one safari we got to see almost everything - Bear, Wild Dog, Leopard, Gaur, Mongoose and of course the Tiger. I couldn't click the Leopard as the kids in my safari jeep got excited and started shouting - which made the leopard run away. A point to debate - whether kids should at all be allowed in safaris or not.

For now, enjoy the pics below.

Tiger!
 
Sloth Bear

Sloth Bear

Sloth Bear

Wild Dog

Wild Dog

Gaur

Gaur

Spotted Deer

Spotted Deer

Mongoose

Blue-bearded Bee-eater (lifer for me)
White-rumped Vulture (lifer for me)

Indian Peafowl Female

Indian Peafowl Male

Indian Peafowl Male

Grey Jungle Fowl Male

Grey Jungle Fowl Female

Grey Jungle Fowl Male

Streak-throated Woodpecker Male

Streak-throated Woodpecker Female

Lesser Goldenback

Lesser Goldenback

Brown-capped Pygmy Woodpecker

Serpent Eagle and White-browed Fantail

Serpent Eagle and White-browed Fantail

Serpent Eagle

Oriental Honey Buzzard

Spotted Owlet

Jungle Owlet

Hoopoe

Indian Roller

Indian Roller

Bay-backed Shrike

Yellow-footed Green Pigeon

Yellow-footed Green Pigeon


Red-whiskered Bulbul

Purple Sunbird Female

Asian Paradise Flycatcher

Asian Paradise Flycatcher

Common Hawk Cuckoo

Sambhar Deer