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Return to Ranthambhore

Return to Ranthambhore

During May/June of 2014 I returned to Ranthambhore. Whenever I enter the park, I always hope to see 'Machali' arguably the most well known tiger in India. I was not to be disappointed - on the third day she appeared in Kachida Valley from her forest cover to visit a water hole.  Now, at almost seventeen years old, I thought she looked remarkably well even though she has lost her four canine teeth! After qu ...

Ranthambhore today

Ranthambhore today

On a visit to the park this morning I patiently waited until in the distance and through the forest cover I could see this tigress moving in my direction to a water hole on the opposite side of the track. She is known as Noor or T.39 and is a most beautiful tigress with two small cubs in her care.  ...

Tigress relaxing at a cool water hole

Tigress relaxing at a cool water hole

Yesterday at Ranthambhore I took this photgraph of tigress T.39 also known as Noor while she was taking a resbite from the heat of the day by cooling herself at a water hole during a break from her cubs that were nearby.  More updates from my time in the park to follow.   ...

My return to Ranthambhore during late April and early May 2014

My return to Ranthambhore during late April and early May 2014

Once again this year I have returned to Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve as I was aware that cubs had recently been born to two tigress' in the main tourist zones.  Too date I have not seen the cubs but I have enjoyed excellent sighting of some of the other tigers in the park. The photograph in this blog is of a young male tiger on the point of dispersal and born to the late tigressT.17 who was also known as Sundari. More reports from Ranthambhore to follow. ...

The Sunderbans and Kaziranga February/March 2014

The Sunderbans and Kaziranga February/March 2014

My journey to the tiger reserves in the Sunderbans and Kaziranga began when I arrived in Delhi on 16 February and then departed for Bharatpur to visit the bird sanctuary of Keoladeo National Park.  Having spent 2 days photographing the magnificent variety of birdlife there, my onward journey took me to Kolkata where I explored the city. The Sunderbans was my next destination for five days.  Meandering along the numerous waterways of the area, I photographed birdlife and mammals livin ...

Iceland in December 2013

Iceland in December 2013

I returned from a short trip to Iceland in December, where I had been hoping to photograph the Aurora Borealis.  This did not come to fruition and It was disappointing for me at my particular site but apparently others in the north of the island were successful.  I was, however,  able to photograph the dramatic Icelandic scenery.   A small selection of photographs from the trip can be seen by following this
My wonderful 7 day visit in October 2013 to The Pantanal and 3 days at Iguassu Falls

My wonderful 7 day visit in October 2013 to The Pantanal and 3 days at Iguassu Falls

My seven day visit to The Pantanal and a subsequent three days at the Iguassu Falls was amazing. At The Pantanal I was lucky to see the rare and endangerd Jaguar each day and on one day my small group saw three different Jaguars. During our visit our small boat stopped along the river at the headquarters of Panthera where we met two senior members of staff who gave us an insight into the important conservation work that they are carrying out in helping to save the Jaguar from this region of Br ...

Svalbard, The Arctic - August 2013

Svalbard, The Arctic - August 2013

It was my third visit to this area, Svalbard; a stepping stone enabling me to spend time with wildlife varying from polars bears, walrus, reindeer, Arctic foxes and whales to many different bird species.  The scenery was magnificent with my ship passing huge glaciers and rugged, snowy mountains. The main purpose of the trip was to photograph polar bears again and I was not disappointed.  A selection of my images can be seen by following the LINK to the Pict ...

Scotland and the Osprey

Scotland and the Osprey

I enjoyed my first visit to Scotland in July 2013 where I spent most of my time photographing the Osprey. This bird of prey is superb at diving from the sky to the water below in an effort to catch fish. I took some interesting action photos of the bird as it hit the water and with its fearsome tallons hooked out a trout or salmon from the water.  Many more photos can be viewed in the 'Galler' section of this site.  ...

Ranthambhore May 2013

Ranthambhore May 2013

 I returned home on the 25 May after a successful three week visit to Ranthambhore.  My visit was tinged with sadness over the tragic loss of Sundari (T.17) the tigress that had dominated the area of the lakes and had given birth to three cubs about a year ago. Although not confirmed it appears that she was either poached or killed by villagers. Her former home range has now been taken over by her sister Krishna (T.19) who I saw many times during my visit. The good news is that Macha ...