JAWAI: A Visual Update

JAWAI Leopard Camp has opened for it’s second season. The team has grown and we are all excited to welcome you to our home! The rains appear to have passed us, leaving behind carpets of greenery. The landscape is sensational and with each drive I stare in wonder as to the unsuspecting beauty and diversity of this land. The camp itself is looking stunning. We have done a few minor adjustments to improve the guest experience and to ensure that any stay at JAWAI is one you shall never forget.

Out in the field I have fallen in love, yet again, with the hills. It is these craggy rocky outcrops, that house one of the worlds most sought after cats. The leopard is by and large a very secretive cat, seldom seen in India. At JAWAI, however, we regularly encounter this spotted predator. Sightings so far have been great – not only of the leopards, but of Striped Hyena too.

The most noticeable thing at the moment is the birdlife…it is prolific. With each drive our bird list continues to grow. The local farmers are busy preparing the fields for the sowing of mustard and I am truly excited at the thought of the bright yellow fields that will grace JAWAI in a few months time.

I invite you to browse through just some of the images taken over the last week. Enjoy…

The grand Nag Vasi male. So far this male has been the most seen leopard of our second season. His territory is large and covers most of the land in which we operate. We are having lots of fun catching up with all the characters that we met in our first season.
The grand Nag Vasi male. So far this male has been the most seen leopard of our second season. His territory is large and covers most of the land in which we operate. We are having lots of fun catching up with all the characters that we met in our first season.
A proud Peacock.
A proud Peacock.
An absolute treat of a sighting. We watched a huge male leopard confidently drag a carcass through a recently ploughed field. It was quite something to see the size and the strength of this magnificent male. The relationship between the local people and the leopards is one of the many aspects which makes JAWAI such an incredible destination.
An absolute treat of a sighting. We watched a huge male leopard confidently drag a carcass through a recently ploughed field. It was quite something to see the size and the strength of this magnificent male. The relationship between the local people and the leopards is one of the many aspects which makes JAWAI such an incredible destination.
The monsoons have brought about an explosion of green.
The monsoons have brought about an explosion of green.
Garden of Eden
Garden of Eden
A multi-coloured Indian Roller sits patiently on a wall. Locusts, caterpillars and other treats are abundant at the moment and the birdlife is nothing short of spectacular. Our list for the first two weeks of the season is already about 150!
A multi-coloured Indian Roller sits patiently on a wall. Locusts, caterpillars and other treats are abundant at the moment and the birdlife is nothing short of spectacular. Our list for the first two weeks of the season is already around 150!
We have had a number of priceless encounters with delightful Indian Foxes. This male was seen just outside of camp. He was running around feverishly gobbling up insects at a nearby pond.
We have had a number of priceless encounters with delightful Indian Foxes. This male was seen just outside of camp. He was running around feverishly gobbling up insects at a nearby pond.
The monsoon rains have left all the dams in the area completely full.
All the water bodies are full.
The Jawai Dam is just under 60 % full at the moment, which is already higher than last season. Water still continues to pour into the dam via the Jawai River.
The Jawai Dam is just under 60 % full at the moment, which is already higher than last season. Water still continues to pour into the dam via the Jawai River.
The views from the hills are nothing short of spectacular...
Views in every direction…
The picturesque hill of Dev Giri provides the backdrop for the fields for flowering Sesame.
The picturesque hill of Dev Giri provides the backdrop for the fields of flowering Sesame.
I would love to hear some suggestions for what the collective noun is for a group of Rabaris...
I would love to hear some suggestions for what the collective noun is for a group of Rabaris…
The Rabaris are delightfully photogenic.
Delightfully photogenic.
As the gorgeous Peacock tail feathers begin to fall off, so the local people can be seen walking around clutching onto these decorative plumes.
As the gorgeous Peacock tail feathers begin to fall off, so the locals can be seen walking around clutching onto these decorative plumes.
There is no better place to take an early morning walk.
There is no better place to take an early morning walk.
A screenshot taken out of a sequence I filmed of a leopard emerging from a deep cave. He slowly moved up the hill and eventually settled down for the day.
A screenshot taken out of a sequence I filmed of a leopard emerging from a deep cave. He slowly moved up the hill and eventually settled down for the day.

Photographed by Adam Bannister