Glimpses of Kanha in January 2011

Wildlife Photography Tour, Kanha in January 2011.

My First Wildlife Photo Tour of the year 2011 to Kanha was a success for me and my group and with sightings of almost all the mammals of kanha and a variety of birds and rare animal behavior. We were lucky to see so many animals as temp had dropped to almost -6 deg celcius(a record low for kanha) a few days before and sightings were very less. When I was there the temp was still very low for me a mumbaikar whose winter is a cool breeze, The lowest it went during my stay was around -1 deg celcius.

Following is a photo narration of the trip with a few of my fav images from the trip.

Tigress Barasingha Kanha

IMAGE 1. This is the first tigress we saw on our first safari, its a lovely setting with the barasingha looking at the tigress in the background. The tigress has a radio collar. Image shot using a Nikon d300+ nikor 200-400vr on monopod at F4, 1/640s, aperture priority, -0.7ev, Matrix metering, ISO 400.

Sloth bear reech kanha

IMAGE 2. Just after the above tigress dissappeared this guy came along and went in the same direction, this was probably one of the best sloth bear sightings i have had, he was not at all concerned with our vehicle or us around, he came quite close for a bear in Kanha. Image shot using a Nikon d300+ nikor 200-400vr on monopod at F4, 1/80s, aperture priority, -0.7ev, Matrix metering, ISO 400.

Barasingha Silhoutte Tourist Vehicle Kanha

IMAGE 3. Barasingha Stag Silhouette watching a tourist vehicle approaching. Image shot using a Nikon d300+ nikor 200-400vr on monopod at F4, 1/1600s, aperture priority, -0.7ev, Matrix metering, ISO 200.

Baransingha Backlit Kanha

IMAGE 4. Barasingha Stag in golden light. Click Here for a slightly bigger image.  Rare Barasingha or swamp deer, the Hardground barasinghas (Rucervus duvauceli branderi) is found only in Kanha. This male was unusually comfortable walking on the dirt track used by vehicle and also by the tigers. He walked almost 1.5 kms with us. I like to take images that have a play of light and this one works well. The Golden light just reflects on his body and antlers. Image shot using a Nikon d300+ nikor 200-400vr on monopod at F4, 1/320s, aperture priority, -0.7ev, Matrix metering, ISO 200.

Dhole wilddog tourist kanhaIMAGE 5. Dhole on the lookout for cheetal, the tourist watch and photograph in the background. Image shot using a Nikon d300+ nikor 200-400vr on monopod at F4.5, 1/320s, aperture priority, 0ev, Matrix metering, ISO 200.

Dhole portrait kanhaIMAGE 6. Dhole Closeup. The 200-400 is awesome when the subject is close by. Image shot using a Nikon d300+ nikor 200-400vr on monopod at F4.5, 1/320s, aperture priority, -0.7ev, Matrix metering, ISO 400.

Jackal Calling Tgress KanhaIMAGE 7. This Jackal was calling a tigress which was sitting accross on the left, it tried hard as if to distract it from something probably pups. After a minute or so the tigress couldnt bear it and ran after the jackal, you can see the image below of tigress running. Image shot using a Nikon d300+ nikor 200-400vr on monopod at F4, 1/250s, aperture priority, -0.7ev, Matrix metering, ISO 400.

Tigress Leap kanhaIMAGE 8. Tigress leaps with both front feet above ground. She was focused on getting the jackal but the jackal was too smart. Click Here for another image of the same sequence. Image shot using a Nikon d300+ nikor 200-400vr on monopod at F4, 1/1000s, aperture priority, -0.7ev, Matrix metering, ISO 400.

leopard on tree kanha landscape

IMAGE 9. The image shows the habitat of this very camouflaged and elusive mammal. We witnessed a very rare and ultimate sequence, just after we saw the jackal being chased by the tigress, we saw a dhole chase this leopard and while our gypsy was still moving towards the scene i saw the dhole jump behind the leopard while the leopard climbed the tree, it was as if the dhole would also climbing the tree. There was only 1 vehicle standing there in the right place, i wished we had been there a little earlier, i could have got the dhole jumping on the leopard image. Anyway i am satisfied even to witness such a rare scene in the wild. Image shot using a Nikon d300+ nikor 200-400vr on monopod at F4, 1/160s, aperture priority, -0.7ev, Matrix metering, ISO 400. (I had to correct the exposure in Capture NX, should have been 0ev)

leopard on tree kanha

IMAGE 10. The same Leopard on tree in a relaxed pose after the dholes left, We also saw another smaller leopard on ground which this leopard seems to be looking at, probably young one of this mother. Infact this was my best leopard sighting also just after i left this place we saw a male leopard running by. 3 leopards in the entire trip would have been a record but here we saw 3 in the same safari. Image shot using a Nikon d300+ nikor 200-400vr on monopod at F4, 1/160s, aperture priority, +0.3ev, Matrix metering, ISO 400.

Barasingha Female KanhaIMAGE 11. Barasingha female. Image shot using a Nikon d300+ nikor 200-400vr on monopod at F4, 1/200s, aperture priority, +0.7ev, Matrix metering, ISO 200.

barasingha gaur egret kanha

IMAGE 12. Barasingha female looking at Gaur & Egrets. I have intentionally broken the rule that foreground needs to be in focus although i have a image with the deer in focus but i don’t like it as much as this one. Some times breaking rules is good to satisfy your creative needs. Image shot using a Nikon d300+ nikor 200-400vr on monopod at F4, 1/2000s, aperture priority, -0.7ev, Matrix metering, ISO 400.

Barasinghas backlit kanhaIMAGE 13. Barasingha Deers backlit in the grass. Image shot using a Nikon d300+ nikor 200-400vr on monopod at F4, 1/1600s, aperture priority, -0.7ev, Matrix metering, ISO 400.

Barasingha drinking water & eating algae, kanhaIMAGE 14. Barasingha Deer Drinking water and eating the algae. The ripples in the water create a nice balance in the image and i think it helps the composition very much. Image shot using a Nikon d300+ nikor 200-400vr on monopod at F4, 1/2000s, aperture priority, -0.3ev, Matrix metering, ISO 400.

Tourist, Nature lovers, Photographers Kanha

IMAGE 15. Tourist, Wild lifers, Nature lovers and Photographers, Cameraman at kanha.

Tree backlit kanhaIMAGE 16. A tree backlit looks beautifully glittering. Here i tried to underexpose the backlit tree, a little PP in Capture NX to get the desired effect.

Thats about it from Kanha in January, pls do leave your comments and would love to know your fav 3 images. 🙂

11 Responses to “Glimpses of Kanha in January 2011”

  1. Talatbhaijan Great work .

  2. Santosh Saligram says:

    Excellent photographic summary of your trip, Talat! I really appreciate your notes on the images, too! My three favourite images are http://www.talatkhalid.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/barasingha-silhoutte-tourist-vehicle-kanha.jpg , http://www.talatkhalid.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/tigress-barasingha-kanha.jpg and
    http://www.talatkhalid.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/barasingha-gaur-egret-kanha.jpg , in that order. Thank you for sharing!

    Santosh

  3. admin says:

    Hi Santosh thanks for your kind words and letting me know your fav.

  4. admin says:

    Thanks ashok/anees for appreciating.

  5. Suhel Sande says:

    Talatbhai,

    First of all congratulations for such a successful event. This Wildlife Photography Tour is evidently a remarkable milestone as the photographs are speaking for themselves.

    Though I liked them all my top 3 fav images are,

    1) Leaping Tigress: Killer shot!

    2) Barasingha stag backlit: What a Detail and light effect.

    3) Leopard on the Tree

    Thanks for sharing and best of luck for your future Wildography Tours!

  6. admin says:

    Thx Suhel for appreciating the images and your good wishes.

  7. Siddharth says:

    Hi Talat,

    First off just wanted to compliment you on the fantastic captures and the wealth of information on your site. I have just finished 2 months Safari in Tanzania (visited the Serengeti and Ngorongro wildlife reserve) and am looking forward to returning to India for my long planned Tiger tour.

    I will definitely contact you in a few months to see if it’s possible to arrange a trip during the summer or just after the monsoons. After having spent most of my life growing up in Africa I’m really excited to come back home and capture my first tiger in the wild.

    Your site has got me really excited about that prospect and I wanted to thank you for that.

    Regards,

    Siddharth

  8. Georg Ziegler says:

    Hello Mr. Khalid

    What a nice surprise for us to see the best pictures you took during our common trip in January 2011 to Khana national park. The pictures I liked best are the Sloth bear (because the picture we took of that black fellow is not sharp) and of course the running tiger.

    Georg and Amber Ziegler, Switzerland

    P.S. for other visitors of this page: We were the lucky guests on this memorable tour.

  9. admin says:

    Thx George for the comment. 🙂

  10. admin says:

    thanks, at this point I just work alone.

  11. James Ownby says:

    Talat,
    You have an excellent eye for photography – very impressive. I especially liked image 10, showing the leopard in his setting, #4,the backlit stag, & the golden grasses in the last image.

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