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Ranthambhore – End of season June update

June is always a tricky month for Ranthambhore. Pre monsoon showers and the western disturbances hamper tiger sightings but the forest sparkles green regaining its emerald flavor and this gives a boost to the images you end up creating during this month.

T19 (Krishna) and cubs were in prime action during the month of June. The interactions between the cubs are no longer playful and they lose no opportunity to showcase their dominance over each other. On the other edge of the forest, T39 (Noor) and her 2 male cubs controlled the sightings till early third week of June. Heavy rains in the last 10 days of the forest season did impact the tiger movements towards the end of June but the highlight of the month was the bold moves by Krishna cubs towards a huge crocodile on the edges of Rajbagh lake. While I was busy with some amphibian assignments in the Western Ghats, I am glad that Nature Wanderers photography mentor – Jagdeep Rajput along with our clients were there at the right time to shoot this epic sequence.

June 30th was a befitting end to a challenging, tiring yet rewarding season in Ranthambhore. T28 (Star) walked in pristine light at the edges of the lake with the majestic fort in the backdrop. For a change there were no vehicles around to hasten his slow and graceful walk before he disappeared in the Rajbagh palace.

Presenting a few glimpses of June 2015 from Ranthambhore. End of a memorable back-to-back 9 month run with the denizens of the lakes. Wishing the young brigade a happy and safe monsoons.

The last proper sighting of T19 (Krishna) on June 25th before the park closure

The last proper sighting of T19 (Krishna) on June 25th before the park closure

A leopard peeps out of the green foliage of Ranthambhore

A leopard peeps out of the green foliage of Ranthambhore

T74 male. The 3 full grown siblings have controlled the zone 5 sightings of the park for the season.

T74 male. The 3 full grown siblings have controlled the zone 5 sightings of the park for the season.

Sambhars in green foliage of Ranthambhore

Sambhars in green foliage of Ranthambhore

Star (T28) - Last tiger sighting of the park on June 30

Star (T28) – Last tiger sighting of the park on June 30

T28 (Star) observes a spoonbill on the last day of park closure

T28 (Star) observes a spoonbill on the last day of park closure

A tiger abstraction from zone 10

A tiger abstraction from zone 10

Krishna cubs stalk a crocodile in Rajbagh. Image copyright - Jagdeep Rajput

Krishna cubs stalk a crocodile in Rajbagh. Image copyright – Jagdeep Rajput

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