It was a dream come true for me when I first met a hard-to-find "Forest Baby"/"Slender Loris" face to face. They are incredibly cuddly and shy.They are primates and are actually close relative of humans.They are facing a very bleak future due to habitat loss and hunting. Apparently slow but actually moves lightning fast to take shelter behind foliage. I photographed it with a torchlight and ensured that the intrusion was minimum.
A young male Leopard at Nagzira came disconcertingly close to us , hence could take some frame-filling images. This is one from the medium distance but the surrounding and low POV attracted me. Will post more later
It is this time of the year when most of us pack our bags and wander off to disperse destinations to watch that elusive bird , or to be with our dear ones , or to savour nature , or just to enjoy a few days away from the daily hustle of life. I will also be away , and hence won't be visiting this beautiful forum for some days. So all my wishes for a very Happy New Year to you all. Let us enjoy the festivities, with our friends and near ones, close to nature.
The first wobbly steps to an uncertain future. Porcupines are shy, nocturnal creatures and they are mercilessly persecuted , for meat and otherwise. So when I heard the news that there is a chance to watch a litter , it was a dream come true for me. At GRK , very near the Pakistan border , after a walk on the dry riverbed we reached a ridge. We had to lie down and wait for an hour before the sunlights hit the burrow , which was just at the opposite side of the dried river and the kids, two of them came out and played under the watchful eye of their mother. It was a fascinating hour of my life , watching them play , enjoy , sometimes being chided by their mom. Then it was time to say good-bye.
It is fascinating to watch the disparate personality traits of different individuals of same species. While most of the Collared Kingfishers were quite shy and reluctant to allow us close , this particular individual was completely indifferent to us. We could come close and make some images , then went away to let it be. The Collared KF is found throughout the coastline of India but go a bit away from the coast and it's impossible to find one. It's really a privilege to share such a beautiful platform with you all nature-lovers , thanks to all the members and the people who have created such a wonderful place.
It is a great privilege to study nature in the wilderness. In an entire forest full of towering trees , only a couple attracted all the woodpecker and nuthatches. You can see the multiple holes made by them on the stem, the great tree was perforated like a gun silencer from top to bottom. This White-tailed Nuthatch looking for a bite in one such hole.
Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary
02 Feb 2018
05 Feb 2018
Booked 6 Gypsy safaris at Nagzira WLS , starting 2nd Feb evening , 3rd and 4th both morning & evening, 5th morning safari. Stay for 2nd and 3rd Feb at a private hotel near the Main gate. Stay on 4th night at Madhukunj Forest Rest house within the park. All safaris and accommodations have been already booked. Have kept no. of participants less for sake of convenience and comfort. Leopard is my prime interest, along with birds. All safaris are of Chorkhamra gate 1.