Friday, January 15, 2010

Tiger Tales - Bandipur - 12th to 14th Jan, 2010

and GOD said 'Happy Birthday Angad'


13th January, 2010
I was told to come to the safari booking counter at 6AM, reached on time. I guess it was way to early, as there wasn't a soul around, it was pitch dark and freezing. Around 6:45AM there was a little light, but unfortunately no tourists, because of which the guy at the counter informed me that the bus safari may be canceled. He told me that he'l try and request the driver of one of the lodge jeeps to take me along. Fortunately for me, the gypsy that arrived had two of India's well know wildlife photographers Giri Cavale & Jayanth Sharma. The driver agreed to take me along for a small fee. During the safari, the driver suddenly said 'sir chirthe', chirthe the local word for leopard. It was a huge male crossing the safari trail at quite some distance. As we neared it, it vanished into the bushes, my FIRST B'DAY GIFT!! :) Jayanth also informed me that it was his first leopard sighting in Bandipur. Sadly couldn't make any images. Just one showing the spots, which i wont be uploading!
In the evening i along with a new found friend(Archana) tried our luck with getting ourselves in the same gypsy, but this time there was a different driver who asked for a VERY high amount. Politely refusing this offer we decided to take the bus safari, which only cost Rs. 35/-. A few minutes into the safari, and we saw a tiger disappearing into the bushes. My first tiger sighting. SECOND B'DAY GIFT! :D We waited patiently at a nearby waterhole for about 10-15min(for which i must thank the driver & the other tourists, who unlike the regular tourists sat very quietly). Our patience paid off, the tiger appeared on the other side of the waterhole. Even though at a distance, the tiger posed well, giving us a very nice sighting of 15 mins. Managed to make a few images. I was glad that I had taken my friend Rajesh's Sigma 50-500mm and left behind my Sigma 135-400mm, the extra 100mm did make a lot of difference.
At night there was another surprising leopard sighting just behind the guest house area, close to the dining hall, where while sitting outside the dining area chatting with the cook, we saw a leopard charge at the spotted deer group that usually congregate around during evening/night time near the guest house are. The leopard missed the deer and quickly disappeared back into the forest.
I couldn't have had a more exiting birthday, my first leopard & tiger sighting on the same day!

A brief summary of my birthday:
Morning: Leopard
Evening: Tiger
Night: Leopard
:D

All images shot handheld & auto focused with a Canon EOS 40D & Sigma 50-500mm in AV mode.


Tigress at waterhole - Bandipur


Tigress drinking water - Bandipur


Tigress yawning - Bandipur


All Images are Copyrighted Angad Achappa and may not be used in any form,website or print media without written permission of the Photographer. For any inquiry for the photographs please contact: angadachappaphotography@hotmail.com

Sunday, January 10, 2010

First of 2010!! :)

Hope you all have a great 2010!!
I finally managed to nail the Kestrel, that was eluding me. In this post i will upload only the kestrel pics. :) Hope you like them. All images have been shot with a Canon EOS-1D MkII body and Sigma 135-400mm & Sigma 50-500 on AV mode and hand held.











hope you liked the images. Comments & Critique most welcome. :)

All Images are Copyrighted Angad Achappa and may not be used in any form,website or print media without written permission of the Photographer. For any inquiry for the photographs please contact: angadachappaphotography@hotmail.com

Friday, January 1, 2010

2009 ends on a good note! :)

Firstly Happy New year to you and your family! :) hope you all had a blast.

In this post i will combine two trips made on the 25th & the 30th of December, 2009. Both were to Hessarghatta lake. Again a lot of common species.

25th December, 2009
Headed to Hessarghatta pretty late with my friend Rahul, who's in town for a short visit. Was testing my friends Sigma 170-500mm on the 1-D MkII. The AF was pretty good, but nowhere close to a L-lens. I did however prefer the Manual Focus on a few occasions, where in AF mode, the lens began to hunt a lot.

Pariah Kite

Pied Bushchat - female


Ashy-crowned Sparrow Lark

Pied Bushchat - female

Indian Roller

Indian Roller

30th December, 2009
Made my third trip to this place with Piyush on a two-wheeler. Take my word, 2-wheelers arent the best option for birding, they tend to scare away a lot of birds! :P
All images shot with Sigma 135-400mm DG APO (hand-held & manually focused)

Black Drongo

Pariah Kite

Paddyfield Pipit

Brahminy Kite

Hopefully this year, i manage to add many more species to my list. Hope you all enjoyed the pics. :)
Do leave feedback as to which pics you liked, and what you didn't.

All Images are Copyrighted Angad Achappa and may not be used in any form,website or print media without written permission of the Photographer. For any inquiry for the photographs please contact: angadachappaphotography@hotmail.com