By any standard, my sighting log of six drives in Ranthambhore is impressive: 14 sightings of 10 different Tigers, a Leopard, a Sloth Bear, 5 Hyena, a host of raptors, and other birdlife. And, an amazing croc fight. Sharing most of this wonderful run with me was Dr. Latika Rana from Singinawa in Kahna, who is also blogging about her experience. Here is a small selection of my photographs that I think are representative of this sojourn at Sher Bagh, Ranthambhore.
Ustad (T24) one of our finest prime males casts a glance into the horizon, in this instance, seeking prey.
The leopard, another one of Ranthambhore’s Big Cats.
A jackal scavenges for food in the heat of the day.
An Osprey, one of our most charismatic raptors, eyes the Padam Lake for prey.
A water snake slithers by our jeep in the early hours of a fine Ranthambhore morning.
A lesser seen species of our local owls – the Brown Fish Owl – shades itself in daytime. The sheer diversity of bird species on this single trip was amazing to behold.
The usually elusive chinkara, or Indian gazelle (also the state animal of Rajasthan) made a few furtive appearances for us on this extraordinary trip.
Heat or cold, tigers will patrol their territories regularly, to keep their presence alive and ward off would be competitors.
A pair of spotted owlets peer at us from their perch on a Dhok tree.
The Star Male (T28) crosses the Rajbagh ‘channel’ onto the island. A classic Ranthambhore scene with the still waters of the lake around him.
Star Male (T28) beats the heat in the refreshing waters of Rajbagh as temperatures rise in Ranthambhore. An egret sits upon its rock complacently, meanwhile.
The Rufous Tree-pie, a member of the magpie family is an endemic species in Ranthambhore and are seldom far away from sight.
The Sloth Bear is rarely seen and is extremely elusive.
Tigers will frolic in dust and sand to keep away flies and other pests in the heat.
A peacock ushers a full display of his tail feathers, as enticing for us as they are, no doubt, for the females he tries to attract, ahead of the mating season.
A pair of partridge stroll into the aristada grasses with a fresh brood of hatchlings that will mature over the summer.
A White-breasted Kingfisher eyes its prize atop a Flame of the Forest (Butea monosperma) tree, currently in full bloom across the Park.
A display of raw energy and power as two crocodiles battle it out at the edge of the lake.
Writing and photography by Jaisal Singh
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The Iconic Hat-Trick; of Tiger, Leopard and Bear on a Single Drive at Sher Bagh, Ranthambhore National Park.