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June Journeys : Corbett & Bandhavgarh

It’s the end of June and most parks of India are on the verge of closure for monsoons. I started this month with elephants as the focus of my photography in Corbett National Park and then headed off to escort a gang of 3 photographers who were keen to shoot Vijaya (Kankati – the one eyed warrior queen of Bandhavgarh and one of my favorite tigers across forests of India) and her newly born litter of 3 cubs. While the assignment was challenging since the cubs were too small (two and half months old), the patience and perseverance displayed by our team was exemplary and helped us to move closer to our goal day by day.

Am pleased to share some highlights from June before I head off to the high altitude terrains of Ladakh in July with another gang of young enthusiastic photographers.

Bandhavgarh National Park

Corbett National Park

Bandhavgarh National Park

Corbett National Park

Corbett National Park

Wild Jewels from Kanha & Pench

2 weeks with the wild denizens of Kanha and Pench in the company of some amazing shutterbugs. Presenting a brief gallery of images created during the fortnight.

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April Stripes

From Corbett to Bandhavgarh to Ranthambhore, April has been a marathon sprint with more than 25 days in these forests. As I take a pause for a day before embarking on another marathon journey through central Indian forests, here are just some of the images created and moments witnessed during the month.

Enjoy the tiger digest for April!

The exiled king makes rare visits to Tala nowadays

The exiled king makes rare visits to Tala nowadays

An evening nap

An evening nap

T34 relaxes in Ranthambhore

T34 relaxes in Ranthambhore

T34 in Ranthambhore

T34 in Ranthambhore

Mirchani family in Bandhavgarh

Mirchani family in Bandhavgarh

T19 Trio in Ranthambhore

T19 Trio in Ranthambhore

Mirchani female in saal forest of Bandhavgarh

Mirchani female in saal forest of Bandhavgarh

T6 in Ranthambhore

T6 in Ranthambhore

T6 in Ranthambhore

T6 in Ranthambhore

Tiger Abstraction from Ranthambhore

Tiger Abstraction from Ranthambhore

T6 marks his territory in Ranthambhore

T6 marks his territory in Ranthambhore

The World You Want

Herd in Corbett

We share this planet with you and are as much, if not less, vulnerable to the heightening debate on sustainability, though, we understand nothing of this jargon from our so called weaker intellect and intelligence, but many of us are sufferers to the extreme in the past decades and have become unsustainable to survive on this planet, that we share with you.

Our speechless sounds do not make voice to be understood, but some wanderers of the nature from amongst you do understand some of our plights, sensing from the expressions of our eyes and behaviour and tragedies that we have faced, in the course of the development of accelerated development, for which, agenda had been set and implemented by you after much debates, discussions and considerations, beyond our comprehension.

The king patrols his kingdom

You may be elated by increasing Gross Domestic Product (GDP) but we have faced Gross Depletion of Population (GDP). In the past two hundred years, you have grown from 1 billion to 7 billion but many of us are either extinct or on the verge of extinction. Our process of extinction is thriving enterprise of yours, adding billion of dollars to your GDP for your happiness and satisfaction in attires, costumes, decoration, diet or simply fun. Your quest for happiness and wellbeing is driven by the animal spirit for speed and efficiency, and is disrobing our habitats. In out conflict with you in this tussle, we are shot, killed, crushed or smashed.

In redefining the World You Want with sustainability concern engaging mountains, water, air and soil and possibly forest; wilds and the habitats of the wild are possibly not even in the wild imagination of yours. Our speechless plea is to include us in your quest for World You Want to be appropriate as World We Want, and for our sustainability, if speed needs to be reduced, we plea for the same.

Adobe Creative Cloud Offering

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Not endorsing Adobe here but this was a really cool offer shared by their team and am pleased to share it across with all you shutterbugs.

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Shivang Mehta Migration Safaris 2014

The Great Migration 2013

Leaps...

The Great Migration

The cub

When love seems like war

Before the act

A King's World

Servel Play

The devoted mom
The Great African Migration is much more than the simple river crossing which you are visualizing. Here are a few numbers to sweep you off your feat! The true spectacle of the migration is 1,245,000 wildebeest, 200,000 Burchell’s zebra, 18,000 eland and 500,000 Thomson’s gazelle filling the entire stretch of Mara landscape.

When the savannah turns golden red in the month of July, and the zebra start pouring in across the river, the first herds of the wildebeest arrive and the feasting for the Mara’s predators and scavengers, begins.

The African Lion is the supreme predator of the Mara landscape and is a treat watch during the migration time as with a sizeable prey base spread across the Mara, the lion prides hunt strategically in the early morning or late noon hours giving you the chance to photograph these rare moments from close quarters in great light.

Often regarded as a shy, nocturnal animal, sightings of leopard in the Mara can occur even in the middle of the day and last for several minutes.

Although not as muscular as the leopard, the cheetah is built for sheer speed and is the world’s fastest land mammal and has been timed at 110 kilometers per hour. The Mara is one of the best places in the world to shoot a cheetah in full action as they often seek a vantage point on a fallen tree, termite mound or even car bonnet, to look out across the savannah for their next prey.

Canon Photo Mentor and Nature Wanderers Escort – Shivang Mehta – has lead multiple photography groups to Masai Mara for the Great Annual Migration. In addition to photography, his days in Africa are planned in order to understand the movement and behavior of big cats and other African wildlife. Prolonged patience, hours of wait and meticulously planned safaris have ensured that he extracts the best from an action packed day in the Mara.

Join Shivang Mehta for his 2014 Masai Mara expedition and discover the hidden secrets of the Savannah during this years Great Annual Migration.

Camp 1 – Aug 10-16, 2014
Camp 2 – Aug 16-22, 2014

Keoladeo Wonders

Light, mist, habitat and action – these are the ingredients which make Keoladeo (Bharatpur) rock in winters. I always consider it to be the Masai Mara of India when it comes to photographic opportunities for this is the place where you can experiment and keep experimenting till you succeed. For the past 10 days, I have been walking amidst the Keoladeo woods exploring the beauty of the avionic world.

Here are some of the many images I have created over the past few days. There are still tons to be processed.Pelican Duo

Crested Serpent Eagle with catch

Sarus Crane Preening

Sarus Paradise

Cormorant Action

Pied Kingfisher

Darter (Snake Bird)

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