Sunday, May 21, 2006

Feline Glory

(Canon S2IS, f/3.5 at 1/100 s focal length 919 mm)

(Canon S2IS, f/3.5 at 1/400 s focal length 454 mm)

(Canon S2IS, f/3.5 at 1/300 s focal length 400 mm)

(Canon S2IS, f/3.5 at 1/100 s focal length 454 mm)

(Canon S2IS, f/3.5 at 1/300 s focal length 1420 mm)

(Canon S2IS, f/3.5 at 1/300 s focal length 1149 mm)

(Canon S2IS, f/3.5 at 1/300 s focal length 1405 mm)

This was a shoot unlike any other so far. I have never experienced anything remotely close to this exhiliarating experience. This time i was accompanied by my fav cousin Di. Armed with a Canon S2 and a Nikon F65, we set out to the Bannerghatta Biological Park. The drive was pretty uneventful and we reached there in time for the next safari. I wanted to capture lots of pics of animals in the wild. However, I was hugely disappointed when i saw the bus with huge protective mesh. This was not the kind of vehicle i wanted. I could barely see beyond the mesh, leave alone take pictures. But thankfully the mesh had a small opening at each window big enough for me to slip the lens. The safari promised sightings of spotted and sambar deer,black bucks, bears, tigers and lions. And it didnt disappoint..

We reached the tiger enclosure and looked around. At first we didnt spot any. When we finally spotted one, it made the hair on my neck stand! This was one majestic and beautiful creature. Its coat was glistening in the morning sun. Its gait was worthy of a king. The next 5-10 min saw me in a clicking frenzy. After some time , an adult tiger coolly walked up to our bus..My adrenaline was pumping for some reason. The biggest and mightiest predator in the animal kingdom was all but a couple of feet away and staring at me in all its glory. I felt stupid and kept aside the camera. I couldnt help it but this was some sight! God , you have to see the tiger in close range to understand what i am saying. The driver told me that it was lunch time for the tigers and the forest rangers should be coming anytime to feed them. The tiger mustve thought we were lunch!!

This park houses 37 tigers. I couldnt believe that this was just a cool 17 km from my house! We didnt get to see a fully grown tiger, but what we saw was worth every penny! The royal bengal tiger truly rules the jungle!!