Out of the 10,000 bird species that inhabit this world, around 2000 of them are migratory. The Indian subcontinent plays host to a number of migratory birds in summers as well as winters. It is estimated that over a hundred species of migratory birds fly to India, either in search of feeding grounds or to escape the severe winter of their native habitat.
You are driving, meandering along Ranthambhore National Park’s network of tracks that enable you to see what the area has to offer and suddenly your jeep stops, pugmarks! Fresh paw-prints dot along the track and it takes you back to when you were 5 years old and playing “Connect the Dots” where the end prize could be a beautiful female tigress. As you follow the trail of breadcrumbs, the impressions left behind by a tigress’ recent presence, you yourself come away with an impression that these tigers prefer to walk on the track, rather than the scrub to your immediate left and right where it seems to be more concealed.
Author: Katya Ignatiev
Author: Isheta Salgaocar
My love affair with the wild is likely the longest one I’ve ever had –beginning at age 3 – and possibly will ever have. As a frequent traveller to the Sabi Sands I had always thought that the sort of leopard viewings one is able to partake in at camps there were unparalleled. The close proximity to multiple different leopards and long sightings seemed unique to that area. Although each region and park have their USP, I’ve never been one to compare one wildlife experience to another, particularly because of my unshaken belief that in the wild you have to surrender yourself to the will of the wild and what you see is not in your control.
This week we look at some images from around Ranthambhore National Park, as summer begins to engulf northern and central India. Though temperatures can rise very high the result is a photographer’s dream. The game concentrates around the remaining waterholes and tigers tuck themselves in for some cool into the caves of Ranthambhore’s formidable hillsides. The birds await their turn for easy pickings and sightings are made easier as the “bush goes down”. Read more about Ranthambhore’s summer sightings here.
Whomever you come across in India, be it on the shores of Chennai, or around the narrow alleys of Chandi Chowk, or even deep within the snow capped mountains of the Himalayas, all will be able to recognise the peacock. Partly to do with why the peafowl is the national bird of India is that they can be seen all over the country, their presence is unavoidable. At Jawai, it’s no different. every corner you turn, five run off to the concealment of the prosopis juliflora, every hill you climb, ten frantically flap their wings in frightful flight, every valley you traverse, the unmistakable shrill cry of twenty resonates through the scrub. In short, peafowl are ubiquitous throughout the area. Although their colours and plumage are majestically magnificent, it isn’t a huge surprise to come across one while out on our drives…. well, until now.
The Zeiss Wildlife Conservation Awards recognise extraordinary efforts and initiatives for the cause of wildlife conservation. This year, SUJÁN is proud to be among the winners of this prestigious and acclaimed award for the conservation initiatives and community development at SUJÁN JAWAI.
Living in the bush gives you a lot of time to wonder and ponder on your work, life and the world in general! It was one of those busy days with a FULL CAMP on the new years week that we had an Eureka moment.