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Ballerina of the Grassland!

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Mar 08 2019
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The first light rays from the rising sun held a lot of promise. The clouds that had covered the skies for the past few days were slowly making way for clear skies. With an African Wild Cat sighting the previous morning, we sure had our hopes flying high as we drove out of the gates of Satara Rest Camp in Kruger National Park, South Africa. Sunrise brought a golden glow upon the grasslands. The glorious landscape, with vast open spaces and just a couple of trees, called for the first photographs of the morning. Something caught my eye at the […]

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2018 – A wonderful photography year!

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Feb 21 2019
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Tucked away into my flight seat, I began writing this piece as we flew out of South America towards Africa. It was the first day of the new year. And the end of one of my longest tours – all of 35 days (not to mention another 4 days of flying) spent in Argentina, Chile and Antarctica. A big smile had lit up my face a few minutes ago as I glanced through the photographs that I made through the trip. It had been an amazing photography experience, in addition to being an enriching travel experience, on virtually the opposite […]

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A cat crossed our path…

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Aug 03 2018
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All through the night, I’d been tossing and turning in my bed. A drowsy mistake had cost me 128GB of lost photographs over the past 2 days. A Cut-Paste job gone horribly wrong (I know! Always do Copy-Paste-Check-Format. What was I thinking?! One more whack on my head.) Getting out of bed, I’d decided that today was going to be a new day. A new beginning to my visit to Kruger National Park in South Africa in July 2018. As we rolled out of Satara Rest Camp, the grey clouds that had gathered last evening had slowly started to dissipate. The rising […]

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My first Snow Leopard!

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Mar 31 2017
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Dorje was visibly upset. “You’re late! I’d told you to be here by 9 o’clock. There were fresh tracks this morning. But now the animal has moved on.” Those words weren’t the easiest to hear that morning. But then, this was no other place. It was Kibber, a small village high in the Trans Himalayan region of Spiti Valley. Dorje was the Scanner – the person tracking a very elusive animal. And we were not talking about any other animal. It was the Grey Ghost of the mountains – the Snow Leopard. The first morning at 4300m altitude had not been the […]

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How well do you know wildlife in your backyard?

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Mar 22 2016
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A loud clicking drew my eyes away from my laptop. As I peered out of the window, a pair of wings swooped down on my railing and the clicking (of a Three-striped Palm Squirrel) stopped momentarily, only to start again a slight distance away. As I walked towards the window, I met the eyes of the mighty neighbourhood predator – the Shikra. Eager to feast on its hard-earned meal, the bird flew on to settle on my neighbour’s rooftop. Many of us have memories of huge flocks of sparrows around our houses. Chirping away continuously. Hopping all over the place in search […]

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Wildlife Photography – First steps to making a difference

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Mar 17 2016
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Wildlife Photography is addictive, isn’t it? From the very first photograph, there is a certain satisfaction of having captured a fleeting moment in time. And along with it is an urge to do better – improve one’s technique, photograph more wildlife, visit more places or even get a better shot than the one already taken. This passion, along with camera equipment becoming affordable and wilderness areas becoming more accessible (both in terms of reach and information), have made wildlife photography one of the fastest growing hobbies in India today.           Millions, if not billions, of photographs […]

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REWIND 2015 – My favourite photographs

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Jan 22 2016
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2015 has been a great year for me as a wildlife photographer. Lots of travel. Exciting experiences. New friends. In the process, I made some photographs that I am happy with. Most of my travel was to 3 places – Andaman & Nicobar, Ladakh and Agumbe. No wonder a majority of the images below are from these 3 places.   Waiting 4 years for that shot! It was in 2012 that we first came across this light house in a remote corner of Andaman. After a three and a half hour walk in the humid rainforests by the beach, all I wanted […]

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What’s that Squirrel-like animal?

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Aug 10 2015

…we heard soft squeaks from the tree above. Tracing the source of the sounds, we chanced upon a small squirrel-like animal running up and down different branches. I was dumbstruck as I didn’t recollect reading about squirrels in Nicobar. Could this be what I think it is?

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The World’s Smallest Eagle!

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Jul 30 2015

The few endemic birds of the Nicobar islands are very charismatic. And they were the biggest motivation for me to make the journey to the remote island of Great Nicobar in March this year. The world’s smallest eagle made the trip special!

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