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Bandhavgarh-May/June 2010 A tribute to the Jhurjura Tigress

Bandhavgarh-May/June 2010 A tribute to the Jhurjura Tigress

I arrived at Bandhavgarh on 22 May with the main objective to photograph the Jhurjura tigress together with her three cubs (about 6 month old).  However, on arrival I was told that on the evening of the 18 May persons had illegally entered the park for a "night drive" and had mortally wounded the tigress by repeatedly hitting her with the vehicle in which they were travelling. At the time of writing this report, the tragic event is under investigation by the relevant authorities ...

Ranthambhore - March/April 2010

Ranthambhore - March/April 2010

I have just returned from a successful visit to Ranthambhore national park - it is early April 2010.  My trip was over a period of twenty days from the latter part of March.  Leaving cold and wet England I was happy to be heading to the warmth and looking forward to catching up with the tigers of India.  On this occasion, I photographed eight different tigers and talking to my guide I was able to update myself with news of those that I had seen before and newcomers!  Machal ...

Pench, Kanha & Bandhavgarh National Parks - October / November 2009

Pench, Kanha & Bandhavgarh National Parks - October / November 2009

I returned home from India on 4 November having spent almost three weeks travelling within the tiger reserves of Pench, Kanha and Bandhavgarh.  My journey commenced at Pench where I remained for three days.  The National Park is located in the Seoni and Chindwara districts of Madyha Pradesh and the beautiful park area is a blend of both dry and moist deciduous and tropical forest with the Pench River meandering through the entire 757 sq km stretch of the reserve.  Unfortunately, ...

Svalbard-The Arctic June 2009

Svalbard-The Arctic June 2009

I returned from the Arctic at the end of June 2009 having spent eleven days on the Russian ship, Vavilov, travelling the archipelago of Svalbard.  The journey was mainly to try and photograph wildlife-polar bears, walruses, seals and birdlife which included King Eider, Kittiwakes, Guillemots, Little Auks, Northern Fulmer, Puffins, Purple Sandpipers and more.  The scenery was stunning with vast glaciers, frozen pack ice and blue sky.  The twenty-four hour daylight also puts a ver ...

Ranthambhore March / April 2009-a tribute to a beautiful tigress

Ranthambhore March / April 2009-a tribute to a beautiful tigress

My Spring 2009 trip to the national park of Ranthambhore did not disappoint with tiger sightings most days during my two week stay.  However, this visit was tainted by tragedy and sadness.  A tigress I had seen on numerous occasions was killed on the night of the 3 April.  Conflict with a large male tiger proved fatal.  On the 2 April, during an early morning search, my guide and I discovered the tigress as Bakola; it was clear that she was in discomfort and limping ba ...

Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve-June 2008

Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve-June 2008

On 7 June I returned to Ranthambhore and during the morning on my first safari I was fortunate to find one of the three sub-adult cubs living in Kachida Valley.  It was a young male tiger cooling himself in the same pool where I had seen him last April with his mother and two other siblings.  The following day was spent at the Ranthambhore lakes where I was able to photograph one of the three female cubs born to 'Machali' about two years ago.  The young tigress looked so ...

Ranthambhore and Corbett Tiger Reserves-April / May 2008

Ranthambhore and Corbett Tiger Reserves-April / May 2008

I returned to India on the 22 April visiting Ranthambhore and Corbett National Parks.  At Ranthambhore I was very pleased to catch up with Machali, the tigress, whose life I have been following for a number of years.  Last June I saw her with three nine month old female cubs and I am happy to report that now being approximately twenty months old they are well and strong and beginning to become a little independent of their mother.  On one occasion at Nalghati, Machali and two of ...