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The Tiger Diaries - Ranthambore 2013

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This series of posts is about my travel to Ranthambore National Park (Tiger Reserve) in the state of Rajasthan, India in February 2013.

The primary goal of the trip was to sight the majestic Royal Bengal Tiger in the wild and capture it in my camera for posterity. But it was also my intention to enjoy the beauty and serenity of the forest and revel in the stunning beauty and diversity of the flora and fauna. And lastly I was looking to take as many wildlife photographs as possible in order to improve my photography skills.

You are invited to share the joys, thrills and the overall experience of wildlife safaris esp. Tiger safaris. This series contains a total of 8 posts, 6 posts (Day 0 to Day 5) contain the daily safari experience along with photos, 1 post (Gallery) has a slideshow of the photos and the last post has some photos with captions intended to tickle the funny bone.

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The Tiger Diaries - Ranthambore Revisited Day 0

The Tiger Diaries - Ranthambore Revisited Day 0

The Tiger Diaries - Ranthambore Revisited Day 1

The Tiger Diaries - Ranthambore Revisited Day 1

The Tiger Diaries - Ranthambore Revisited Day 2

The Tiger Diaries - Ranthambore Revisited Day 2

The Tiger Diaries - Ranthambore Revisited Day 3

The Tiger Diaries - Ranthambore Revisited Day 3

The Tiger Diaries - Ranthambore Revisited Day 4

The Tiger Diaries - Ranthambore Revisited Day 4

The Tiger Diaries - Ranthambore Revisited Day 5

The Tiger Diaries - Ranthambore Revisited Day 5

The Tiger Diaries - Ranthambore 2013 Gallery

The Tiger Diaries - Ranthambore 2013 Gallery

The Tiger Diaries - Ranthambore: Funny Captions

The Tiger Diaries - Ranthambore: Funny Captions



Trip Summary

Travel Destination– Ranthambore National Park

Travel Dates – 16thFeb 2013 to 20th Feb 2013

Animals sightings– Tiger, Leopard, Jackal, Blue Bull (Nil Gai), Sambhar Deer, Spotted Deer (Chital), Indian Gazelle (Impala), Jungle Cat, Langur monkeys, Crocodile

Bird sightings –Peacock, Eagle, Owl, Egret, Crane, Heron, Cormorant, Drongo, Woodpecker, Parakeet, Flycatcher, Babbler, Treepie, Kingfisher, Lapwing, Bulbul, Mynah, Patridge and many more

Number of safaris – Nine (9)

Mode of Safari No. of safaris   Big Cat sightings


Gypsy                Three (3)           One leopard sighting
Canter                Six (6)              Three tiger sightings (five tigers)


Photography Equipment


Camera – Nikon D90



Lenses – Wildlife - Nikkor AF-S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED VR

                Landscape – Nikkor AF-S DX 18-105mm F/3.5-5.6G ED VR

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The Tiger Diaries: 01-Ranthambore Revisited Day 0

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The Journey is about to begin

My First tiger-sighting, Ranthambore, Rajasthan, India

The first tiger that I ever saw in the wild  (Ranthambore 2011)
As I plan my wildlife safari trip to Ranthambore, memories of my first safari trip to Ranthambore (in 2011) flood my mind,
…..The sky-high expectations and excitement of my first wildlife cum tiger safari
…..the calmness and serenity of the forest with its many lakes
…..the diversity and beauty of the flora and fauna in the forest
…..the rough and punishing safaris on the tough terrain
…..the alarm calls of animals followed by a nerve-wracking wait in pin-drop silence
…..the gripping suspense in anticipation of a tiger-sighting
…..my first attempt at wildlife photography
…..the intense disappointment of not sighting a tiger
And last but not least
…..the thrill and adrenaline rush of sighting the majestic tiger in the wild

The Tiger Diaries: 02-Ranthambore Safari Day 1

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Dark Thunderclouds looming, Jaipur, India

  
Dark Thunderclouds looming
Day 1: The Journey begins
A Washout?
The journey started with an early morning flight from Mumbai to Jaipur. It was a short and pleasant flight with the flight taking-off and landing on time.


A good start to the trip indeed.

Next was a road trip of 3 hours from Jaipur to Ranthambore covering a distance of 160 kms. As the vehicle reached the outskirts of Jaipur, the roads turned from good to bad, narrow, pot-holed and very bumpy. And the heavy truck traffic early in the morning ensured that we were moving at a snail’s pace. And then came the final blow. Rain! It was raining in Jaipur in the middle of February!!! As unseasonal as could be! Not a drizzle or a shower, but a proper thunderstorm with lightning for added effect.


It didn’t seem to be a good start to the trip anymore!

The Tiger Diaries: 03-Ranthambore Safari Day 2

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Enters the Tiger

  
Enter the Tiger

Day 2: The Safaris continue


Day 2 dawned and I felt hopeful and optimistic about having a good day. The early morning safari was in a canter and we entered the park around 7 am. We ‘spotted’ spotted deer, langur monkeys and birds. Just 45 minutes into the safari, we received an alert from a canter behind us which made us turn around. Lo and Behold! 


There, was the mighty tiger strolling nonchalantly between our canter and the canter behind us.  The first reaction on seeing the tiger in the wild is an adrenaline rush followed by mind-numbing awe. Sighting this majestic and beautiful animal never fails to send a thrill down my spine.

The Tiger Diaries: 04-Ranthambore Safari Day 3

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Painted Stork and Crocodile, Ranthambore, Rajasthan, India

  
A painted stork fishing as a crocodile and
Red-wattled lapwing look-on on the banks
Day 3: Wildlife sightings galore



The morning safari on day 3 was in a canter. Even though the large mammals, Tiger, Leopard, Sloth Bear, Deer etc. are the more famous inhabitants of the Ranthambore National Park, the park has its fair share of bird species. There are reportedly 252 species of birds in the park which without doubt will be a birding enthusiast’s delight.


The Tiger Diaries: 05-Ranthambore Safari Day 4

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Owl on the watch

  
A wise owl on the watch
Day 4: Predators (not the Arnold Schwarzenegger ones)

The morning safari was in Kundal zone (zone 6) on a gypsy. We reached the zone gates around 7 am and started the safari. First came the blue bulls (nil gai) followed by sambar deer, the favourite food of tigers. Tigers prefer Sambar deer, as these deer have plenty of meat, making them slower and their poor eyesight makes it easier for tigers to prey on them. 

And then, Lo and behold!

The Tiger Diaries: 06-Ranthambore Safari Day 5

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Sunrise (Qualji Zone 9), Ranthambore, Rajasthan, India

  
Sunrise at Qual ji

Day 5: Exploring new territories


The previous day I had befriended two wildlife and photography enthusiasts and decided to join them in a gypsy safari to Qual ji (Zone 9). Qual ji was about 45 kms away from the main gates of the Ranthambore national park. We had to set out very early in the morning at around 5.15 am so that we could start the safari by 6.30 am. 

The hour-long ride in the extremely cold and dark morning was an experience in itself.

We entered the zone at 6.30 am just as the sun rose. We were very hopeful and optimistic as there had been good tiger sightings in this zone in the month of February. The zone was very barren with very few animals. We managed to get some good shots of the sunrise and the landscape from the top of the hill. 

Sunrise (Qualji Zone 9), Ranthambore, Rajasthan, India

  
Sunrise 

Soon we heard an alarm call of a sambar deer.

The Tiger Diaries: 07-Ranthambore Image Gallery

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Trip Summary

Travel Destination – Ranthambore National Park
Travel Dates – 16th Feb 2013 to 20th Feb 2013
Animals sightings – Tiger, Leopard, Jackal, Blue Bull (Nil Gai), Sambhar Deer, Spotted Deer (Chital), Indian Gazelle (Impala), Jungle Cat, Langur monkeys, Crocodile
Bird sightings – Peacock, Eagle, Owl, Egret, Crane, Heron, Cormorant, Drongo, Woodpecker, Parakeet, Flycatcher, Babbler, Treepie, Kingfisher, Lapwing, Bulbul, Mynah, Patridge and many more
Number of safaris – Nine (9)

Mode of Safari    No. of safaris   Big Cat sightings
Gypsy                     Three (3)         One leopard sighting
Canter                     Six (6)             Three tiger sightings (five tigers)
Photography Equipment
Camera – Nikon D90
Lenses – Wildlife - Nikkor AF-S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED VR
                Landscape – Nikkor AF-S DX 18-105mm F/3.5-5.6G ED VR

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The Tiger Diaries: 08-Funny Captions

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Wildlife safaris can be fun. Check out these photos of wildlife with funny captions. You can come up with witty and funny captions of your own. No prizes, just for fun! (Click on the image description to open each photo with the caption and post your caption / comment against it. )
Common Jungle Babbler, Ranthambore, Rajasthan, India
Photo 1 - Jungle Babbler
Langur Monkey Mother & Baby, Ranthambore, Rajasthan, India Photo 2 - Langur Mom 'n Baby Langur Monkey, Ranthambore, Rajasthan, India
Photo 3 - Langur Monkey
Crocodile Sun-bathing, Ranthambore, Rajasthan, India
Photo 4 - Crocodile sunbathing
Jungle Babbler Family, Ranthambore, Rajasthan, India
Photo 5 - Jungle Babbler family
Tiger classic sitting pose, Ranthambore, Rajasthan, India
Photo 6 - Tiger
Spotted Deer fawn (Bambi), Ranthambore, Rajasthan, India
Photo 7 - Spotted Deer fawn
Common Blue Kingfisher, Ranthambore, Rajasthan, India
Photo 8 - Kingfisher
Young Deer stags, Ranthambore, Rajasthan, India
Photo 9 - Deer stags
Male Blue-bull (Nilgai), Ranthambore, Rajasthan, India
Photo 10 - Bluebull (Nilgai)

Trip Summary

Travel Destination– Ranthambore National Park

Travel Dates – 16thFeb 2013 to 20th Feb 2013

Animals sightings– Tiger, Leopard, Jackal, Blue Bull (Nil Gai), Sambhar Deer, Spotted Deer (Chital), Indian Gazelle (Impala), Jungle Cat, Langur monkeys, Crocodile

Bird sightings –Peacock, Eagle, Owl, Egret, Crane, Heron, Cormorant, Drongo, Woodpecker, Parakeet, Flycatcher, Babbler, Treepie, Kingfisher, Lapwing, Bulbul, Mynah, Patridge and many more

Number of safaris – Nine (9)



Mode of Safari No. of safaris   Big Cat sightings
Gypsy                Three (3)           One leopard sighting
Canter                Six (6)              Three tiger sightings (five tigers)

Photography Equipment
Camera – Nikon D90

Lenses – Wildlife - Nikkor AF-S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED VR
                Landscape – Nikkor AF-S DX 18-105mm F/3.5-5.6G ED VR

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