Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Friday, July 15, 2016
The Samsumg Phone Cam:
Raymond Barlow and a rufous treepie!
During our most recent tour to visit over 11 wild tigers in India,
we stopped once in a while for a quick coffee
break, and a visit with some birds.
I am not into selfies, as I would much rather take
photos of superb nature, but!...
This treepie, a very friendly species in India is looking
for cracker hand outs (of which w had none!)
So, quick thinking, my cell cam, a movie, and a few
snaps for a laugh!
Thanks to my friend and guest Peggy, in the
back seat for participating on this tour, and
modeling for this shot!
thanks for looking...
My next tour to the tigers...
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
June 2015 – Destination: Ranthambore National Park, India.
Well to start, I need to thank all of my guests – over 40 Photo Tour excursions around the world, and so many stories to tell!
Ranthambore National Park is one of India’s largest reserves as there are about 62 wild tigers, including a family of 5 animals that we visited during our photo tour in June 2015. Ranthambore National Park is located near Sawaimadhopur, Rajasthan. A few days before this altercation described below, we did see all five tigers at this same location. (Within 40 yards of our jeep!) We saw the father of these cubs, who is named Star T28, (a 550 pound Male), and the mother Krishna T19, who was born in 2006 at this same location.
This battle took place on our last day of this photo tour.
During this fighting event, we had 3 siblings, with 2 sisters, and their brother involved in this play fight. Normally, we would find these three tigers together, but on this last day of our tour, they somehow were separated. We arrived in the area and found the first sister on the right, about 500 meters from our jeep. She decided to move towards what we call the “grass beach”, which is maintained by a herd of spotted deer.
As she moved towards us, the brother and second sister came out of the woods on our left, moving around the 1.5 km round pond, all the while they were making eye contact with the sister on our right. We were able to select an open spot for our jeeps, and park our vehicle right and the meeting point! I was getting nervous, as time was running out on us. Our jeep had to be outside the gate by exactly 6 pm.
The tension was building.
I could see the anxiety in their eyes. The 2 female tigers were preparing for a sparring match; we could sense the mood by watching their body language. Funny how the brother was much more interested in play, if fact I have other images of him chasing birds around before they finally did come together. He did try to play as you will see below, with the sister coming from the right, but she quickly fended him off to create the fight scene with here dominant sister.
It was about 5:50 pm when this meet and greet happened! The brother was involved for a few short seconds, and then the two sisters took over the incident. A heated battle lasted maybe 5 seconds, the incredible roars still playback in my mind! We all were looking for blood, they seemed so aggressive in this battle but none was found after the fight. The intensity was incredible.
One thing I also find amazing, we had 16 safaris booked, 15 were complete, and successful as the wildlife here is wonderful, the photo opportunities amazing! This fighting event happened on our very last trip out to see the tigers, and also, during the last 5 minutes of this last safari. It took weeks for me to calm down after all this excitement!
Wild tigers wrestle and play fight much like any other cat species. They develop much needed defensive skills for future altercations while protecting their own territory. After this fight concluded, they all lay down, for a rest, licking their chops, and preparing for the next hunt!
The tour alone was spectacular. I fired over 4,000 images of tigers alone, along with so many other images of deer, bears, and birds. Much like a safari in Africa, there is always something cool to photograph around every corner. After 5 tours to India alone, I am extremely confident about future successful programs. Our guides and hotel services are superb. Food is amazing!!
The most recent tour was amazing, June 2016 my guests enjoyed 18 safaris, with tiger sightings on 15 of the 18 tours. A very high success rate. More images from that tour soon!
Here we have a few of the images, leading up to the fight.
Approaching from the right.
Approaching from the left.
The 3 tigers get together.
The brother - Pacman decides to "Butt Out!"
While the sisters Arrowhead and Lightening decide to "Duke it Out"
Nobody gets hurt, not even a scratch! The three tigers lay down to rest within seconds!
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Take good care!
Friday, June 17, 2016
June 2016 Tiger Photography Tour
We just returned, so fortunate to have such an awesome tour.
In all, we managed 18 safaris with over 90% successful
sightings of these incredible animals.
So powerful, beautiful, and very much the King of the forest
in India. 5,000 images later, I have my work cut out for
me to edit some of my images.
If memory serves me
well, we saw a total of 12 different tigers during
our safaris, they were so cooperative, posing in beautiful
environments, and completely indifferent to the jeeps
and people who were enjoying the view.
A few images for you to see below, I hope
you enjoy them and possibly join me on a future tour.
Thanks for looking.
Saturday, June 4, 2016
I'm off to India today, wish me luck!?
We had fun this week with a Virginia rail, cute bird who lives
in a swamp.
Lots of local private nature workshops available
when I return., on the 16th. I hope to have some time to
post a few images while I am gone, hopefully
a nice shot of a tiger.
Email me if you are interested in my next Ecuador tour!
Best wishes, back home on the 16th of June!