Saturday, March 4, 2017

Spotted Deer

Monkey's were dropping all sort of shit and we were just sitting watching these deer eating all those fruits and leaves dropped by monkeys.
One deer used his brain and came on otherside of the jeep to avoid competition from other males.
We were still like statues except our fingers pressing shutter.
He kept an eye on us all the time and when gain some confidence came as close to the jeep to pick up some fruit from the ground.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Watching Tourist watching Tifer was fun.

I wont say it was a dull afternoon. Our plan was to see Sheshshaiyya at the last but these two sleepy cubs and eager tourists took the whole afternoon away from us.
It was not at all a chalange to photograph them because they were not at all photographable.
Our major aim was to see some other animals but we got struck in road block where every vehicle in the park was there, later or sooner. 
When we reached to that spot we saw people standing in their jeep to get a glimpse of a Tiger.
We stopped about 20 feet before the crowd and our guide pointed out the Tiger for us. So in fact we had the best spot to see these 10 months old cub of Xena.
She left them there in the morning, like obidient pupil they stayed at that spot till evening.
Morning was cooler than last morning. Although sky was clear and birds were very chirpy at the time we were entering the park.
Within minutes of entering the park ten jeeps ahead of us ignored a Sambhar family but 11th jeep wanted to photograph them so we also ignored SAMBHAR in that dark forest. We were 12th.
As luck favours only to them who keeps their eyes and ears open in the jungle the Tenth jeep saw a Tigress walking in the jungle while others were busy watching pugmarks on the road. Here we also had a glimpse of Trya melting in Sal forest near Kanoji fireline.
She was walking towards waterhole but the trackers never allowed her to come out to have a drink.
There was no jeep except us and these two man on foot heard her growling, Deer and monkey were giving alarm call hardly 30 meters from the road but after seeing people walking on road she never came out.
They cleaned the water hole and left.
We spent next 30 minutes waiting for her and when we heard an alarm call from deep in the forest we knew she is moving to other waterhole.
By this time it was 0837.
We moved towards Sehra to look for some better Sambhar and Deer which we ignored in the morning.
At top of the meadow we heard an alarm call and thought this must be Jaya or her boys sleeping in the forest.
Suddenly guide saw some movement in the grass and next thing everyone saw was a Tiger.
She was gentle and so the we. Gave her lot of space to cross the road twice and then for next thirty minutes she walked along the hill.
It was Crumb who made our day.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Male Tigers in such a small area and still surviving without much of a conflict.

In one of our post on Facebook we said there are 5 different male tigers moving in an area of roughly about 40 sq km of Magadhi zone in Bandhavgarh.
We just thought to look for all the sightings of different males we had in Magadhi zone.
Question came up that what should be the centre point of this measurement so we decided to take Bagh Naka camp as centre point.
Everyone knows that Somanshu is being seen regularly around Arariya saucer which is only about a km or so in crow flight.

I saw Haaroon near Kadipani which is only few hundred meters from Baghnaka.
The other male which is coming to Sukhi Talaab and cuts up till Danwadol road is the male which charges on jeep without any provocation. We did not see him in this season but other people has seen him between Charakwaah and Bahera Camp. Very foggy day for this picture.
Other male which moves close to Baghnaka Camp is Chinku. He comes as close as Neelgaay road junction which is hardly a km from our centre point.
These four male always have a chance of conflict at one or the other point. The only male which comes under the length of 2.5 km radius and hardly have any chance to meet anyone of these is Tarun. He comes as close as Mahaman village and up till Sukhi Talaab which just touches the boundary of our 2.5 km radius map.
No one has any clue whether this male moves in anywhere close to Arariya or Kanoji fireline but being seen moving behind Sukhi Talaab.

And then don't forget about the Sukhi Patiya cubs which are still roaming in this area. They have a very uncertain future.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Bamboo Flower

Bamboo clumps are flowering in some of the areas of Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve.
This was seen today on 4th January 2017.

Thursday, December 22, 2016


At present in Bandhavgarh this grass is flowering every where.Thysanolaena maxima is used by villagers to make broom, phool jhhadu.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Bandhavgarh revival

Bandhavgarh is under revival. New Field Director is working day and night to get the things right.
Park is in such a mess that even he work for three years solid even then he will be able to see only ten percent results of his hard work here.