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Thirsty Leopard
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A day when I literally pinched myself as I had never a sighting which lasted for over an hour in full view of everyone on safari and that too in a south Indian forest. It was the summer season on this game drive and we just had to wait it out near one of the water holes for the animals to come and go. Within the span of the 2:15mins safari we spent time with a tiger, sloth bear and the better part of the time with this really thirsty leopard that kept drinking for over an hour.
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Thirsty Leopard . A day when I literally pinched myself as I had never a sighting which lasted for over an hour in full view of everyone on safari and that too in a south Indian forest. It was the summer season on this game drive and we just had to w

Kabini Forest, Karnataka.
Tiger Crossing
(LATE) Mastigudi Male
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This amazing male tiger was once the dominant male of Kabini aka Nagarahole National Park. This was also the last sighting of this beautiful and majestic male for me. We came over to the main highway running through the forest and slowly strolled along till a lone deer warning call stopped us in our tracks. While the calls continued we waited near a fire-line and sure enough with 10 mins he walks out and crosses the road with us only as his spectators.
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Tiger Crossing (LATE) Mastigudi Male . This amazing male tiger was once the dominant male of Kabini aka Nagarahole National Park. This was also the last sighting of this beautiful and majestic male for me. We came over to the main highway running thr

Kabini Forest, Karnataka.
Wet & Gorgeous - Tigress
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This was my very first safari expedition to Ranthambore Tiger Reserve with a bunch of friends. This zone was the one that everyone was looking at the time and we had gotten only 2 drives into this zone. On our very first drive as soon as we entered the zone after about 5 mins of driving we encountered this beauty locally known as Arrowhead, for the arrow like shape on her forehead. It was early morning and the monsoon had just started with heavy downpours. Luckily she sat next to us.
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Wet & Gorgeous - Tigress . This was my very first safari expedition to Ranthambore Tiger Reserve with a bunch of friends. This zone was the one that everyone was looking at the time and we had gotten only 2 drives into this zone. On our very first dr

Ranthambore National Park
Leopard blend
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Nature makes you look harder to spot its beautiful creatures. This frame was made at the Nagarahole Tiger Reserve aka Kabini. During the summer the foliage is all dried up making it easier to spot game while on safari, will at least in most cases. We had just left a tiger sighting and making our way across the forest when it started to rain. Rain usually means no sighting here in southern India as the animals take refuge. As soon as it stopped we bumped into this male leopard on a tree.
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Leopard blend . Nature makes you look harder to spot its beautiful creatures. This frame was made at the Nagarahole Tiger Reserve aka Kabini. During the summer the foliage is all dried up making it easier to spot game while on safari, will at least i

Kabini Forest, Karnataka.
Just an Osprey!
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An Osprey paradise, this particular beach at Abu Dhabi attracts these Ospreys like a group of seagulls to food. A long stretch of beach with white sands within this lagoon and those rich dark blue water rich with marine life, where only a few hobbyist fishermen fish, its truly a paradise for these birds as they keep swooping in and out with fish with a hearty meal every day. Creeping in slowly and waiting under the harsh sun made getting this frame worthwhile.
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Just an Osprey! . An Osprey paradise, this particular beach at Abu Dhabi attracts these Ospreys like a group of seagulls to food. A long stretch of beach with white sands within this lagoon and those rich dark blue water rich with marine life, where

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Air Tasting - Arabian Horned Viper
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Taken during one of our midnight herping expeditions within the deserts of the UAE. Using an LED light on soft mode we scoured the sand for very distinct tracks left behind by snakes and followed it till it disappeared. Then with extreme caution, we scanned the area, especially for these Arabian vipers as they tend to dig themselves into the sand waiting in ambush for their unsuspecting prey. We did find this one & when this bug came in front of it, the tongue started to flicker - tasing away.
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Air Tasting - Arabian Horned Viper . Taken during one of our midnight herping expeditions within the deserts of the UAE. Using an LED light on soft mode we scoured the sand for very distinct tracks left behind by snakes and followed it till it disapp

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Crouching Cub
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While on safari at the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve some time back we spent a lot of time around an artificial waterhole during the summer to get a chance to see and photography 3-4-month-old Tiger cubs that were sure to put up quite the spectacle as their mother was the bold and beautiful (Late) Kankatti. They always kept to the foliage and gave short glimpse like such as they gorged on a kill nearby, then came to the water to quench their thirst and rest/play.
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Crouching Cub . While on safari at the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve some time back we spent a lot of time around an artificial waterhole during the summer to get a chance to see and photography 3-4-month-old Tiger cubs that were sure to put up quite the

Bandhavgarh national park
Wink ;)
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Does a tiger like you, when it winks at you? What do you guys feel?
This is a young tigress and is the daughter of the amazing and gorgeous Noor of Ranthambore Tiger Reserve. She had just gotten into a tussle with her mother and sure enough, Noor did show her who is the boss still. This was how we started out our first full day game drive for the tour and boy did it start with a bang.
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Wink ;) . Does a tiger like you, when it winks at you? What do you guys feel? This is a young tigress and is the daughter of the amazing and gorgeous Noor of Ranthambore Tiger Reserve. She had just gotten into a tussle with her mother and sure enough

Ranthambore National Park
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Indian Paradise Flycatcher
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A beautiful young male paradise flycatcher poses for us as we wait it out for some of the big cats of the area to show up with all the warning calls around. This beautiful creation of mother nature was clicked at the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve and is found across India. The most mesmerizing aspect of this bird is its long tail and when it flies its like dancing ribbons across the sky. Only the males of this species have these magnificent tails.
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Indian Paradise Flycatcher . A beautiful young male paradise flycatcher poses for us as we wait it out for some of the big cats of the area to show up with all the warning calls around. This beautiful creation of mother nature was clicked at the Rant

Ranthambore National Park
Tiger’s Portrait
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This is a portrait of a young tiger that is the future of Ranthambore. Born to the famous Krishna of Ranthambore they are just as bold and mesmerizing as their brethren around the world. During this safari, we knew they were in an area with huge cliffs and we waited it out at the only waterhole for miles in that area. Sure enough after a wait of over 2+ hours slowly but surely only both the brothers came to give us a show that lasted for another hour before we had to leave the park for the day.
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Tiger’s Portrait . This is a portrait of a young tiger that is the future of Ranthambore. Born to the famous Krishna of Ranthambore they are just as bold and mesmerizing as their brethren around the world. During this safari, we knew they were in an

Ranthambore National Park
Night time Cat! - Leopard
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Central India is really rich with a high density of big cats and the reserves/national parks drawn in wildlife enthusiasts and photographers alike in hoards. On one such incident on a highway that runs through the forests of central India, there was an incident of a leopardess that had got hit by a vehicle during the night and did not survive even with treatment afterward. She had left behind a young one. Thanks to dear friends from the region we got to see him during our drive on that highway.
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Night time Cat! - Leopard . Central India is really rich with a high density of big cats and the reserves/national parks drawn in wildlife enthusiasts and photographers alike in hoards. On one such incident on a highway that runs through the forests

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Tiger Tiger Burning Bright!
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This is another one of the beautiful tigress that gave a solo cat walk for us at Bandipur on my first safari of 2019. This was also the first ever time that a tiger from Bandipur acted like a tiger from the central or north Indian jungle rather than just running away.
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Tiger Tiger Burning Bright! . This is another one of the beautiful tigress that gave a solo cat walk for us at Bandipur on my first safari of 2019. This was also the first ever time that a tiger from Bandipur acted like a tiger from the central or no

Bandipur, Karnataka, India
Oriental White-eye on a Bird of Paradise
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A common bird found in gardens along the western ghats, these small passerine birds usually carry on feeding in small groups and are a real treat to watch. While enjoying one of the many beautiful gardens during my trip to Ooty back home they kept coming to these bird of paradise flowers for its sweet nectar. One morning I pulled out my camera and waited, this is one frame of many.
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Oriental White-eye on a Bird of Paradise . A common bird found in gardens along the western ghats, these small passerine birds usually carry on feeding in small groups and are a real treat to watch. While enjoying one of the many beautiful gardens du

Ooty
Black & Orange flycatcher
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A short trip home really did bring a lot that I have never gotten before. First, it was the spectacular sighting of that beautiful tigress at Bandipur and then at home though I have been seeing this tiny and quick bird many a time without my camera and always missed it when I had my camera, this time I nailed it. Here it is folks my first photo of this beautiful bird, the Black & Orange Flycatcher / Black & rufous flycatcher.
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Black & Orange flycatcher . A short trip home really did bring a lot that I have never gotten before. First, it was the spectacular sighting of that beautiful tigress at Bandipur and then at home though I have been seeing this tiny and quick bird man

Ooty
Misty Beauty! - Tigress
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Well, safaris for 2019 has started out with a BANG! en route to my hometown in the Nilgiris we decided to stop over at Bandipur Tiger Reserve and do some safaris and boy was it a great idea. The morning was as chill as can be with a whitish blanket of mist covering the entire forest. We headed out in search of the big cats tracking few pug marks along the way when a single alarm call rang we changed directions to meet this misty beauty midway. She walked with us for 15 mins before disappearing.
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Misty Beauty! - Tigress . Well, safaris for 2019 has started out with a BANG! en route to my hometown in the Nilgiris we decided to stop over at Bandipur Tiger Reserve and do some safaris and boy was it a great idea. The morning was as chill as can b

Bandipur Tiger Reserve
Bokeh’d Beauty
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One of those many leopard/leopardess encounter at the Masai Mara. This beautiful young female leopard is fondly called Luluka and is a ramp walker. She walks through the savannah with grace undeterred by the paparazzi around her with all that rattling sound. We had reached an area where there were sightings of a leopard on a tree via the radio and when we reached the spot we found another leopardess close by who was her mother Lorian and then Luluka decided to walk towards us.
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Bokeh’d Beauty . One of those many leopard/leopardess encounter at the Masai Mara. This beautiful young female leopard is fondly called Luluka and is a ramp walker. She walks through the savannah with grace undeterred by the paparazzi around her with

Masai Mara National Reserve
Playful 5 - Cheetahs
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2017 was the year that these 5 male cheetahs created their own coalition and I was among the fortunate first few to see them come into the Mara from their respective conservancies. It was really blissful to keep following these boys around the mara as they slept and played with each other throughout. And when they were serious we were nowhere to be found :( . These boys have really stirred up their hunting success rate by bringing down larger prey that a cheetah usually would not go for.
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Playful 5 - Cheetahs . 2017 was the year that these 5 male cheetahs created their own coalition and I was among the fortunate first few to see them come into the Mara from their respective conservancies. It was really blissful to keep following these

Masai Mara National Reserve
Savannah’s Canines
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One of the highlights of a safari during the monsoon season in the African Savannah is for getting those dramatic frames, be it landscape or of the animals themselves. Here in this frame, we were with a coalition of 4 young nomadic lions that were making their way through the Mara and had killed a buffalo and two of them were gorging on it. I was scanning the surrounding area and behind us this curious dominant male of the area peaked his head out of the tall grass and yawned while is drizzled.
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Savannah’s Canines . One of the highlights of a safari during the monsoon season in the African Savannah is for getting those dramatic frames, be it landscape or of the animals themselves. Here in this frame, we were with a coalition of 4 young nomad

Masai Mara National Reserve