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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.

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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)

Jumbo Flames

Published as the featured image of the month in Conservation India

Villagers light up a fire to keep a stray elephant at bay in Corbett Tiger Reserve

Villagers light up a fire to keep a stray elephant at bay in Corbett Tiger Reserve

The Sunderkhal village falls in the crucial Kosi river corridor linking Corbett Tiger Reserve to the Ramnagar Forest Division. This landscape constitutes prime tiger and elephant habitat. A population estimation exercise done jointly by the state forest department and WWF-India revealed no less than 13 individual tigers — including breeding tigresses. The All India Tiger Estimate 2010 indicated a density of 14 tigers / 100 sq km in Ramanagar forest division.

Here is a stray tusker being driven away by villagers using a fire fence in the periphery of the village.

Due to the severe fragmentation and human pressures, this corridor experiences severe human-wildlife conflict; in 2010-11, about six people were killed by a tiger, and a ‘man-eater’ was shot dead and then paraded by a jubilant crowd in Sunderkhal, an illegal encroachment established in the 1970s by the then Chief Minister ND Tewari on the Kosi river corridor. Sunderkhal village, along with a number of tourist resorts block the vital tiger and elephant corridor that leads to the Kosi river and the Ramnagar forests beyond — an issue that the state has failed to address. Not only do the tourist resorts physically block the corridor, they engage in many illegal activities including changing the river course, baiting tigers, playing loud music, night safaris etc.

Magical Winters of Corbett

The period from December to January is special for photography in Corbett National Park. The early morning mist mingles with the morning light to give some dramatic images which probably no other forest of India can offer. Even the most common subjects can help creating some frames and perspectives that will make your day satisfactory. I have always felt that Corbett as a forest pushes your photographic brain to thing beyond tigers. Here is a collection of some images which were created over the last couple of months.

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Spotted Deer in Saal forest

Elephants in Dhikala chaur

Elephants in Dhikala chaur

Spotted deer in Saal Forest

Spotted Deer in Dhikala grasslands

The Red Giants of Tsavo

As a teenager I watched the story of the Ghost and the Darkness and the mysticism of Tsavo made it a dream destination for me. I wanted my eye to witness the land of the famous man-eating lions responsible for over 130 human lives and I was really looking forward to my visit to one of East Africa’s oldest, largest and most prominent wildlife strongholds.

The drive from Amboseli to Tsavo made me witness a dramatic change in the habitat for as an African forest Tsavo was remarkably different from popular African wildlife havens like Amboselli and Masai Mara. The see-through Savannah grasslands of Mara had disappeared and so did the open horizons of Amboselli. The narrow tracks covered with thickets of palm, acacia woodlands and the riverine vegetation reduced the visibility and this was the making of a tough jungle drive in the coming days.

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Millions of years back lava flowed throughout this land owing to volcanic eruptions thus giving Tsavo some unique hill formations and the characteristic red and black soil, which makes this a refreshing terrain for nature photography. The fertile soil along with rivers like Galana necklacing the forest makes Tsavo a unique ecosystem in itself.

Having observed and shot massive herds of African elephants in Amboselli, my craving for elephants was satiated when I entered Tsavo and I was hoping to track down the big cats in this tough African terrain. During my first jungle drive I noticed some fresh lion tracks and went on their trail and as we were trying to read the red books of Tsavo soils, out walked a group of African Red Elephants that left me spellbound in terms of their size, color and majestic persona. Red Elephants were now the subjects of my photography for the next few days in Tsavo.

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With more than 12000 African elephants, Tsavo holds more than one thirds of Kenya’s elephant population. The red color is owing to sand bathing with the red soil. These elephants have been fighting battles against marauding band of poachers who are still active in this park. This makes the behavior of Tsavo elephants very shy and at times aggressive which is remarkably different from their Amboseli and Mara cousins.

Having observed and talked to local naturalists and wildlife experts around the Tsavo belt, I felt that the general perception of Tsavo has been a tourist destination meant for relaxation rather than game viewing. A lot of tourists rely on easy availability on game in popular destinations like Masai Mara and hardly few vehicles are out on game drives because of which the information network pertaining to wildlife sightings is very low. Despite of the tremendous potential that Tsavo holds for wildlife tourism, the park is yet to be promoted in order to pull the niche wildlife travellers who can give this raw and virgin forest land the necessary exposure at a global level.

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