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Countdown to Tigers…

India is geared to welcome a fresh tiger season as most of the national parks of India would be opening after a 3 months monsoon break by October. While Ranthambhore National Park will be commence tourism from October 1st, central Indian tiger parks like Bandhavgarh, Kanha, Pench, Satpura and Tadoba would be operational for tourists from mid of October. The popular Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand would be back in business by November.

What is in store in the world of tigers for the 2016-2017 season? While a lot of mysteries are yet to unfold, as per June tiger sighting trends, the graph for Bandhavgarh was at its peak with multiple breeding females and cubs in various zones of the park. Ranthambhore also had an impressive summer and so did Tadoba and Pench.

Stay tuned to this space for updates from various tiger lands of India and in case you want to plan a photo safari or join a photographic expedition, drop me an email at shivang@naturewanderers.com

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Migration Uncut 2017 – Pre-Bookings

The plans for the 2017 Migration Uncut photo safari series in Masai Mara are on. All you serious photography enthusiasts who wish to join me in my Aug-Sep 2017 Migration batches to witness the Great Annual Wildebeest Migration in Masai Mara can please send me an email on shivang@naturewanderers.com

Migration Uncut 2016 – Week 4

We wrapped up week 4 at Migration Uncut 2016. The trans Mara is teaming with wildebeests and the yellows of the Savannah are sprayed with black dots stretching right up till the horizon. Such sights are visual treats during the migration season. The week saw some river crossings yet again and the crocs did have a good time in the Mara river. A cheetah at the doorstep of our camp kept us busy on a few mornings by sprinting across the grasslands in search of his breakfast. The highlight of the week was a good session with a leopard at Double Cross. The young female I photographed as a cub last year has shaped up quite well by occupying a territory close to her mother’s area. We caught her mating in August 2nd week and this week she stalked majestically one evening but failed to catch the gazelle she was targeting.

Here are a few images summarising week 4.

My bookings for Migration Uncut 2017 are open. Feel free to send me an email on shivang@naturewanderers.com to reserve a slot and be a part of the African photography fiesta.

 

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Migration Uncut 2016 – Week 3

_W2I6584_W2I7038_W2I7589_W2I7758_W2I7724_W2I9099It was a week full of action packed river crossings, brutal crocodile attacks and some scintillating hunt sequences. Malaika’s offspring from her last litter sprinted on multiple occasions and caught hold of Thomson gazelles at will. The highlight was Musiara and her 3 cubs bringing down a wildebeest after a long 1 hour effort where they attempted warthogs, gazelles and an impala herd.

As I am recouping energies for week 4, here are a few images to summarise the week.

Migration Uncut 2016 – Week 2

_W2I4778_W2I5168_W2I4890_W2I4991_W2I5561Our guests took over the baton from week 1 and witnessed some extraordinary river crossings spanning for hours. It all began at 7am in the morning and happened in multiple shifts. The Mara was glittering blue and with the army of horns in the river it made a spectacular photographic frame. The week also saw some tender moments with Malaika’s new litter of 2 cubs and the cute lion cubs overlooking Serena. Other highlights were a beautiful evening with Serval cat and some failed lion hunts.

Signing off from the banks of the Mara river as a fresh batch of guests are awaiting a river crossing which may start any moment.

 

 

 

 

Migration Uncut 2016 – Week 1

It was a good start to our annual Masai Mara photo safaris as we are close to wrapping up week 1 of Migration Uncut 2016. We photographed some good river crossings, lion cubs and cheetah action this. The weather has been clear and we have had some great sessions with various subjects in the morning and evening light.

Leaving for a game drive now and sharing some images that wrap up this week.

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Survival in Extremes

Season after season most of us have seen Bear Grylls the presenter of Discovery Channel’s popular series – Man Vs. Wild.  He is the man who epitomises adventure and survival and has survived the harshest of terrains. I recently watched an episode of a new series – ‘The Island Hosted By Bear Grylls’ on Discovery Channel that brings back the same thrill, however, there is a twist in this series… Bear Grylls drops the participants on a deserted island and challenges them to fend for themselves.

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THE ISLAND — Season: 1 — Pictured: Bear Grylls — (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

The series features 14 participants being dropped on a remote Pacific island without any modern day amenities or tools; where nothing is going to be ordinary for the next 28 days.

With only the clothes on their backs and minimal survival tools, these men are committed to filming every moment themselves. They are left to battle against the local elements and wildlife & are forced to confront their innermost fears. But the question is ‘will they survive the Island?’

It amazes me that the rules of the game are very different. Here is a reality show with no elimination and no prizes to be won. The only prize is to survive the ever-evolving nature and battle challenges like hunting for food, sourcing water and building shelter. They have to test their physical, mental and emotional limits and fight for their very existence in an extreme environment.

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THE ISLAND — Season: 1 — Pictured: (l-r) James Murray, Taylor Cole, Davion Peterson, Rob Brothers, Michael Rossini, Trey Williams, Dakota Mortensen, Richard Smith, Judson Nichols, Alton “Buck” Parker, Matthew Getz, Earnest Marshall, Benji Lanpher, Graham Sheldon — (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

I recount my expeditions in the wild. My passion for photography takes me to deep forests and each time the wild has appraised me with ‘expect the unexpected.’   During my journeys, I am equipped with essentials like water, snacks, a phone and of course, my camera. When I was watching the show, I wondered how these modern men would survive in such a harsh environment without basic supplies. All these modern men come from such different backgrounds, like there is a stay-at-home dad, a trauma surgeon, a firefighter – who are accustomed to roofs over their heads and the benefits of technology. In this competition they are stripped of all modern conveniences and catapulted back to the basics. While each one has a different motivation, they all have something to prove to themselves and to each other.

I am getting hooked to the show which is airing Monday to Wednesday at 10 PM on Discovery Channel and I look forward to watching the full series to know if these men would be able to keep a cool head under competitive pressure of being alone in an island. Will they give up or develop a new zeal to fight the nature?

I recommend you to watch the series to see these contestants unfold the mysteries of the wild and their–newly evolving skills of hunting and gathering.

 The Island Hosted by Bear Grylls is airing Monday to Wednesday at 10 PM on the Discovery Channel.  You can share your feedback about the show on Twitter or Facebook using #IslandWithBearGrylls