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Kaziranga – Land of the Indian Rhino

Just back from a fantastic week long trip to Kaziranga in the north-east corner state of india, Assam, known for its rhinos, and tea plantations. kaziranga is also home to other animals and birds including Bengal tigers, Water buffaloes, Asian elephants, swamp deers, hog deer, wild boars etc. It is also world heritage site and no doubt with so much diversity and beauty, I found it one of the most picturesque of parks found in India. Below are some my favourites from Kaziranga.

Rhino charging in kaziranga
Rhino mock charged in kaziranga, Image taken with nikon d300 + nikkor 200-400 @240mm on bean bag
Rhino portrait in kaziranga
Rhino portrait in kaziranga, just before he mock charged. This big male had a impressive horn, The pose with the horn in the centre of the ears works best for rhinos. Image taken with nikon d300 + nikkor 200-400 on bean bag
Rhino crossing the dirt track
Rhino crossing the dirt track, Image taken with nikon d300 + nikkor 200-400 on bean bag
Water buffalo kaziranga
Water buffalo kaziranga, considered more dangerous than the rhino or elephants of kaziranga, Image taken with nikon d300 + nikkor 200-400 on bean bag
Water buffalo and elephants in background
Water buffalo and elephants in background, As the water buffalo came close the elephant familty grouped together with their back towards the buffalo, they had a tiny baby to protect. Image taken with nikon d300 + nikkor 200-400 on bean bag
Rhino in water kaziranga
Rhino in water kaziranga, Image taken with nikon d300 + nikkor 200-400 on bean bag
Elephant backlit kaziranga
Elephant backlit in kaziranga, Image taken with nikon d300 + nikkor 200-400 on bean bag
Dominant Rhino chasing competition
Dominant Rhino chasing competition, male can fight for their right to mate. Here the winner chases away the loser. Image taken with nikon d300 + nikkor 200-400 on bean bag
Elephant tusker mynas kaziranga
Male tusker elephant with mynas on top, Image taken with nikon d300 + nikkor 200-400 on bean bag
Great hornbill with rodent and crow behind it
Great hornbill with rodent in beak and crow behind it, Image taken with nikon d300 + nikkor 200-400 on bean bag
Elephant with mud in kaziranga
Elephant with mud in kaziranga, Image taken with nikon d300 + nikkor 200-400 on bean bag
Hog deer kaziranga
Hog deer, most common species of deer found in kaziranga, unlike most forest in India there are no cheetal or spotted deers in kaziranga. Image taken with nikon d300 + nikkor 200-400 on bean bag
Rhino crossing vehicles
Rhino crossing between vehicles, sometimes during such crossing the animal can get surprised especially where the grass is tall and you have a charging rhino. Image taken with nikon d300 + nikkor 200-400 on bean bag
Forest guard walking kaziranga
Forest guard walking in kaziranga, he is probably going to the nearby camp, there are forest anti-poaching camps where these guards live and protect the forest and its animals. His rifle is used to make noise and scare the animals if charged especially rhinos, elephant and water buffaloes. Image taken with nikon d300 + nikkor 200-400 on bean bag

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