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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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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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Tiger!

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Dec 01 2011
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India’s national animal never ceases to mesmerize. It could be the huge size, the majestic gait, the intense gaze. This tiger was encountered on a summer evening at Kanha National Park. He seemed well-settled and was concentrating on a herd of Chital (Axis axis) in the distance. It seemed as if he were making up his mind and drawing energy for the hunt. Unfortunately, it was very close to the park closing time and the shutterbugs had to hurry out of the park. Next morning, there was a Chital kill there.

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Family time

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Dec 01 2011
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It was a February evening in Banni Grasslands, Greater Rann of Kutch. As the sun began its journey to the other side of the earth, the Indian Fox (Vulpes bengalensis) pups came out of their den and began their antics. They chased each other around for some time, bullied their sibling and ran in and out of the den. Once in a while, they would demand attention from their parent. And get all the attention showered upon them. An unforgettable evening.

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Sprinting Blackbuck

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Dec 01 2011
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Blackbucks (Antilope cervicapra) are among the fastest terrestrial animals in India, capable of speeds upto 80kmph. The unique coloration of the males, with distinct black and white coats, makes them very easy to identify in the field. Although widespread across most of India, their shrinking habitat makes them a vulnerable species. Rollapadu in Andhra Pradesh has a healthy population of blackbucks, that can be seen in the wonderful grasslands there.

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Face-off (almost)

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Nov 30 2011
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Daroji Bear Sanctuary, near Hampi in Karnataka, is the first bear sanctuary to be established in India. This rocky and dry terrain is home to a good population of Sloth Bears (Melursus ursinus), Indian Leopards, Indian Pangolins and a host of birds and reptiles. They feed on termites, honey bee colonies and fruits. They make a very loud huffing sound when they feed. This Sloth Bear had taken a break from its feast, when the Indian Peafowl (Pavo cristatus) walked into the frame behind the bear.

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Hello there!

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Nov 25 2011
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In wildlife photography, surprises lurk everywhere. On a safari in Nagarhole National Park, this stealthy predator was seen walking amongst the woods. The coloration and the rosettes (spots on the leopard’s skin) make it almost impossible to detect this animal when it strides the forest. As he got onto the jeep track, he realized he wouldn’t be able to keep himself camouflaged. Cautiously, keeping an eye on the “visitors”, he got onto the track, walked across it and disappeared into the undergrowth. The smallest of the Big Cats, the Leopard has the widest distribution mostly due to its stealth, opportunistic […]

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