Sunday, April 20, 2008

Beautiful Bandipur

I'm back to Bangalore and started clicking again!! It has been quite sometime since I left this space due to winter in NH. I visited Kabini and Bandipur for 4 days and it was eventful with my first clean shot of the leopard!

Due to unseasonal rains both Kabini and Bandipur forests are lush green which is unusual for this time of the year. Though in Kabini we sighted wild dogs, we missed out on the cats by a whisker! While we're in Jeep safari, another team on boat sighted a tiger quenching his thirst at a close distance! On the last day of the safari, we heard quite a few alarm calls and waited in anticipation of the elusive cat, we weren't lucky enough!
While we're winding up Kabini after 2 days, Manoj got a call from his friend that JLR folks have sighted 5 tigers in Bandipur the previous evening. That call was a clincher. We made a quick decision to visit Bandipur for a day! And boy, that was a great decision made in hindsight. In Bandipur we saw leopard in the late evening at 6pm for over 30 minutes. Though I'd seen the glimpses of leopard, I'd not shot any frames so far yet. This visit game ample opportunities to shoot though, at low light.

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