Tadoba National Park: Rain and Mist

/Tadoba National Park: Rain and Mist
  • Catwalk - big male tiger walking on a forest road in Tadoba

Back after a quick trip to Tadoba National Park.

For a change, I flew down to Nagpur, instead of driving to Tadoba from Bangalore, a 14 hour/ 1200 km drive. Saw a different side of the forest this time because of unexpected rain. Afternoons were wet, and mornings were misty. Reminded me of North Indian forests during winter. Because of the weather, tiger sightings were less, and we missed the cubs. But the moody atmosphere allowed me to get a few interesting shots.

Encountered two male tigers. Not a single tigress. No Sonam, no Madhuri. And not even my old heartthrob Maya, though I waited and pined for her (well, for her cubs). Must be losing my charm 🙂

Overall, it was a great trip, but I came back feeling a little unsatiated (those cubs!). Will be back again.

Sharing a few photos. A full fledged travelogue might follow. The Nikon D850 performed well, as expected. I wouldn’t choose it over any other camera. Ticks almost all the boxes for me. No camera body is perfect, but this is the closest, given my style and preferences.

Morning safari

Morning safari. Two safari vehicles have stopped to say hello to gaurs. 

Tiger near Telia Lake. Sunset time. Challenging shot because of the dynamic range and the long lens I was carrying.

Tigerscape during sunset. Bajrang (a huge tiger), Telia Lake. Challenging shot because of the dynamic range and wrong/long lens.

Gaur calf. Evening shot, high ISO.

Gaur calf. Evening shot, high ISO.

13 km to Moharli. Shot on a rainy afternoon.

13 km to Moharli. Shot on a rainy afternoon.

Cheetal. Ordinary subject, but the drizzle + overcast conditions + grassland makes it interesting for me

Cheetal. Ordinary subject, but the overcast conditions + grassland make it interesting for me.

Bull gaur

Bull gaur

Stretch. Cheetal stag.

Stretch. Cheetal stag.

Lone tree. Grassland.

Lone tree. Grassland.

Matkasur, a big male tiger in Tadoba

Matkasur, a big male tiger in Tadoba

Tadoba. Safari. Monochrome.

Tadoba. Safari. Monochrome.

2018-03-25T23:02:07+00:00March 25th, 2018|Categories: Photography, Travel|Tags: , , , , , |