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05 April 2010 @ 11:21 pm
A trip to the Jungle  
The jungle goes mad. There's cacophony in the form of alarm calls! There's a predator around they cry. Rattly vehicles beeline towards the calls. With engines switched off curious eyes watch all around hoping to catch a glimpse of the striped cats or the spotted cats of the Panthera kind. I've been in that situation a hundred times but not once have I seen a big cat by that method of spotting. It works a lot of times I've heard and you know for sure there's one of those felines hiding in the bushes and that itself is great satisfaction.

It had been three days in the jungle. We had seen lots of wildlife but there was no hint of a big cat. Time was quickly running out and we were resigned to the fact that there would be no spectacular sighting of a big cat. The morning safari was coming to an end. We were on a boat chasing kingfishers and cattle egrets out of boredom. It was hazy and the glorious morning light that everyone loves so much was now a thing of the past. Back to camp then? Yes! The motor-powered boat moved slowly over the Kabini currents. The photographers were reviewing their day's catch on their digital screens. The boatman was probably thinking of lunch. The scientists were thinking of the papers they had to review. We were a bunch of living things not paying attention to our environment. Ideal prey candidates. And when there's prey around, they say, predators come out... TIGER! TIGER! TIGER! I wasn't sure at first. It was just sitting under the shade of a tree along the bank. It was looking at us with curiosity and disdain. We had gone very close to this beast without even noticing it was there! No alarm calls. No rattly old jeeps. Nothing. It was just the most powerful animal of the forest with the sounds of its backyard.

Every time I've seen a tiger it's been this way and each time I hear an alarm call all I can only come up with is a wry smile. The tiger spent a good twenty minutes with us before going off into the bushes. And just minutes later Spotted deer called from inside the jungle from the direction in which the tiger had moved. "There's a tiger around" they cried. We know.


A grazing tusker

Changeable Hawk-Eagle

A Browsing Chital stag

A Darter with an itchy neck

A Wild Dog

A submerged tusker looking at us (we were in the boat)

Grey-headed Fish Eagle

Lesser Adjutant Stork


A Langur leap

Langur's in the forest


Osprey Take-off

A flying peacock (apparently!)

Purple Heron

A landing painted stork

River Terns


The tiger when we first him

Not a happy face...

talekotaleko on April 6th, 2010 06:36 am (UTC)
Tremendous shots!!
Luke McGuffholyoutlaw on April 6th, 2010 07:16 am (UTC)
Very nice!
debbieanndebbieann on April 6th, 2010 08:53 am (UTC)
wow, great, thank you. stunning.
Premnath Kudvapremkudva on April 6th, 2010 09:21 am (UTC)
Yathin these are possibly your best Indian wild life snaps ever!
(Anonymous) on April 6th, 2010 09:40 am (UTC)
Yathin as always all the snaps are fantastic and the river tern one is Magical. Thanks a lot
Premnath Kudvapremkudva on April 6th, 2010 10:54 am (UTC)
A landing painted stork looks like a stealth bomber.
Sharathsharathm on April 6th, 2010 11:45 am (UTC)
Super... even i saw a tiger for the first time..though my images don't even come close to this..i can relate to the excitement.

Where was this? Kabini?
Yathinyathin on April 6th, 2010 05:12 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Kabini.
Melkendokamel on April 6th, 2010 12:04 pm (UTC)
Lovely! (:
falkorskidfalkorskid on April 6th, 2010 12:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you for sharing your gift with us. They are spectacular. Something in them always brings me a sense of peace.
velvetinkvelvetink on April 6th, 2010 12:45 pm (UTC)
wow so many gorgeous images! I was thinking of you last week, watched a doco on a national park there in India. Beautiful country
Chandrahasa Reddy N: freedomchandrahasa on April 6th, 2010 01:11 pm (UTC)
Lovely images, thanks for sharing :)
Ebil Oberlady in the makingpervert_bitch on April 6th, 2010 03:08 pm (UTC)
Those are very very good shots!!!
prabhur on April 6th, 2010 05:29 pm (UTC)
Kadambari sent me the link to this and wow, what wonderful pictures, thanks for sharing! Thanks Kadambari!
Sealsealwhiskers on April 6th, 2010 06:03 pm (UTC)
These are all so wonderful, but I'm particularly blown away by the birds of prey and the flying storks for some reason...
photography-travel.com on April 7th, 2010 03:53 am (UTC)
Trip to the Jungle
Amazing photos! Just Brilliant..

Swati Saniswatisani on April 7th, 2010 05:35 am (UTC)
Lovely captures. Must visit Kabini sometime soon....
depontideponti on April 8th, 2010 01:58 am (UTC)
UYS (Usual Yathin Standard) of photography! That darter...never have I seen one without the crick in the neck!

Are you back in the US?
Yathinyathin on April 8th, 2010 05:21 am (UTC)
Thanks. Yep. Back in the US.
(Anonymous) on April 8th, 2010 02:14 am (UTC)
Amazing Pictures Dude... So many Terns in Kabini ? wow superbly captured ! Kudos !