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Discovering SUJÁN: A True Photographers Delight

Author: Robert Postma

 

The morning is silent save for the hum of my air conditioner in the corner. Inside my tent it’s cool the true sounds of the new day are evident as I turn it off and am greeted by the songs of birds. A new day is dawning. I realize that this is my favourite part of any day. Day break fills me with a sense of the unknown, what will happen today, what will I get to see? A tiger stalking prey through the forest, a leopard searching out a cave to wait the heat of the day away in, perhaps a desert fox playing with its young. One thing for sure is that there will be an amazing sunrise that will take my breath away. Other than that, it’s a surprise here in India. I wouldn’t want it any other way.

 

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The Iconic Hat-Trick; of Tiger, Leopard and Bear on a Single Drive at Sher Bagh, Ranthambhore National Park.

For the past three decades, Ranthambhore has been the best wilderness in the world to observe and photograph wild Tigers. While it is also home to a few other ‘iconic’ species, sightings of Tigers have generally outweighed all the others put together. Over the last few years however, while Tiger numbers here have risen steadily, so too have sightings of Leopard and Sloth Bear. This trend defies common belief that when tiger numbers rise, leopards are rarely seen; preferring to stay well away from Tigers who will usually try and kill them. While this is still the general rule, Leopards have been seen roaming a little more freely during the daylight hours than before. The topography of this unique ecosystem supports a healthy leopard population with all the caves and crevasses of the ancient Aravalli and Vindhya hill ranges. As for the Sloth Bear, Tigers are wary of them and it takes a large and experienced one to take a Baloo on! While extremely shy, these bears can be fairly fierce and will confront their adversaries when necessary and usually even without provocation. Read More The Iconic Hat-Trick; of Tiger, Leopard and Bear on a Single Drive at Sher Bagh, Ranthambhore National Park. »