Saturday, January 7, 2012


The legendary Gowri...

While people were busy deciding which party to head to on New Years eve, the six of us bums hadn't even decided on a place. Siting at Hotel Airlines we were busy chalking out various plans, and then it was decided, Kabini it was going to be.

Our journey began around 12:30AM as we headed of to Kabini, six of us cramped into one little car(AKA 'Hessarghatta Express').

Our first safari in the morning with some excellent skills by our naturalist Afsar 'Billicatcher' and we saw her, a majestic tigress walking across the game trail. A fantastic moment for all of us. It was even more special for Aditya & Ajay as they had been dying to see a tiger in South India their entire life(26 years to be precise)! While Vinay V, Vivek and I could only enjoy the moment, Vinay L, our champion photographer managed to get an image o her, and what an image it was. You can see the image HERE.

I only managed to get a few images of a Crested Serpent Eagle and a young Tusker.

A young Tusker in Kabini
A young Tusker in Kabini

An Indian Elephant calf at Kabini baby elephant

The evening safari had the regular sightings such as Spotted Deer, Elephants and Sambar Deers. What a way it was to end 2011. A tiger sighting on our last day of the year.

We decided to spend the first day of 2012 in Bandipur, and what a decision it was. Another Tiger. This time it was Gowri, the legendry tigress from Bandipur. She has successfully raised 8 cubs to adults in the last 2 years.

Tigress Gowri at Bandipur National Park
Tigress(Gowri) at Bandipur

Another image of Gowri

Thank you boys for making this New Years special!!

All the images in this post were shot with a Canon EOS 20D & a Canon EF 600mm F4 L IS USM, while Vinay's image was shot with a Nikon D3S & a Nikon AF-S Nikkor 600mm f/4G ED VR

A tip for amateur photographers: Please do not use your flash inside the forest!!

Links for images/reports from the blog:
Ajay's Blogpost
Vinay L Photography
Vinay Venugopals photograph
Vivek Kumar's photograph

Click HERE for my previous Kabini Trip report and images

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  1. gorgeous photos! i hope the tigress brings you good luck for the new year!

  2. Wow! You are amazing. You have an eye for the beautiful nature. Great pictures!

  3. A nature trip is any day superior to any party any time! :)

    Beautiful images.

  4. What a fantastic way to begin the new year, brilliant clicks :)

    May 2012 bring more cat sightings :)

  5. Beautiful images especially the tiger. Well done.

  6. Must be fantastic to see Angad. Great images from your contributors.
    Belated happy New Year.

  7. Hello Dude,

    Thanks for sharing such informative wild animals photos. You have explained very easily that everyone understand that. The wildlife of India is a mix of species of number of different types of organism.

  8. Amazing! You were very lucky! This was a very good start into the new year!
    Happy new year!

  9. A tiger in the new year - that's great! :-)

    Thank you for these beautiful (photographic) impressions!

    I wish you a good year 2012 with much photos.

  10. Yeh happy new photographic year too ;-) Beautiful tiger shots as usually Angad. I'm really addicted to your pictures, it is a totally different wolrd than mine and it is gorgeous...

  11. It is not only the year of the dragon but the tiger as well. At least for you!

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  13. Nice pics Angad. Blogrolling you on my new blog. Hope you don't mind.

  14. Nice shots of the great and elusive cat! Lucky for you. I am yet to see them in the wild... one of these days... :)

  15. First time visit your blog, so beautiful photos and great to visit your blog.


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