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The Twilight Tigers
They were burning in twilight. You know you are blessed when you chance upon Tigers softened by the evening light lazying on a bund enjoying the soft summer breeze.
Cubs of Spotty
Snow Leopard on snow - Snow leopards break their cover everytime they get on snow. Their greyish coat however provides an excellent camouflage on the dry rocky cliffs of the Himalayan mountains. We caught this guy stalking a herd of ibexes. In order to get closer to the ibexes he had to cross a belt of snow. That's when the ibexes spotted it and started giving out alarm calls.
The picture was clicked in the backdrop of Mangrove forest in Sunderban during our travel from 14th-17th March, 2019. Thanks to my co travelers and special mention of my guide Tarun Vaidya @ 6295771175. This is my 7th sighting out of last 16 safaris in the difficult zone.
“Talab-Wali Female In Her Dynasty”
This is the Talab wali female who is also referred as the dadi maa of Tipeshwar Wildlife Sanctuary in Maharashtra.
A 2hour drive to the south of Nagpur or a 4hour drive to the north from Hyderabad, leads to this fantastic Tiger-Scape which is just 148sq kms.
“Tipeshwar Wildlife Sanctuary”, very infamously known for its hidden treasures that it holds, this park consists nothing less than 18 tigers in the tourism zone, currently being ruled by 3 families namely - The Four Mark Family, The Pilkhan Family & The Talabwali Family, alongside the three male musketeers named “Jack, Johnny & Walker” who are now sub adults aged 2years, a few other sub adults and finally the Sher Khan of this 148sq kms forest “Star Male” who is apparently the only Male tiger who guards this Sanctuary.
With a maximum permit of just 11 Gypsies allowed for safaris, this park is definitely one wildlife reserve every wildlifer should visit this summer because it brings so much more in the platter with some mind blowing landscapes & natural water bodies which I haven’t seen in the recent past in central india, I confess... I am bowled over by this park n totally in love with this forest !!
We were very fortunate to effortlessly cross path with the “Four Mark Female Tigress” and her cubs in the very first 10minutes of my maiden safari in this forest, Obliging us with a fantastic early morning show & I just did not want to bump up the ISO in my camera, in this image the 3rd cub (a male) was walking in his own pace behind our Jeep & the mother and two other cubs in the picture were waiting for the male cub to join them.
The third safari of the trip & we were very keen on tracking the talab wali female because she is reported to have a new litter of cubs as old as just 3months old & we decided to dedicate the entire safari trying to track her, a few minutes into the Safari and no signs of this lady but with spirts high & positive vibes this gorgeous female showed up from the under growth, drank ample water & walked on the pebbles only to reach the tip of this peninsula, posing for us before she chose to swim across the lake !!
PS: Image digitally enhanced for viewing & best enjoyed in full screen/horizontally 😊