May 23, 2015

Ranthambore Chronicles: Meeting Krishna and her 3 cubs

15 minutes into our first Ranthambore Safari we were in for the time of our lives! We had just begun commenting and soaking in the graceful dance of tall jungle grass that swayed against the backdrop of water and hills. The play of nature was beyond compare.

MOVEMENT AGAINST THE SWAYING GRASS FOLIAGE, WE SPOT OUR FIRST CAT.
Suddenly, in a split of a moment, a few of us spotted a patch of moving stripes. Guess it was the odd move of black n yellow against the green velvet grass-bed that caught our attention. In no time, she emerged. Krishna revealed herself to the open grass bed clearly inspecting the morning air. She stretched her limbs, moved a few strides and sat herself down near the tall grass foliage while some of the water birds did a cautious distance adjustment. After all, the cat did make her presence felt!

KRISHNA SITS HERSELF DOWN ON THE VELVET GREEN PATCH TO INSPECT HER SURROUNDING. 
Our naturalist, Satish Upadhyay undoubtedly one of the best in his craft, informed us that Krishna is not alone. She is trailed by her 3 cubs and they will emerge in the open soon. We were too excited about spotting our first cat and were totally trigger happy, almost like we were in a time wrap! As this happened, 3 young cubs playfully emerged out in the open and completely livened up the scene. The mother continued to sit around while the 3 playful cubs leaped, jumped, chased, purred, rolled and flaunted themselves against their estate.

SLOWLY HER CUBS EMERGE OUT OF HIDING AND LIVEN UP THE SCENE WITH THEIR PLAYFUL ACT.

FINALLY THE WHOLE FAMILY CAPTURED IN A SINGLE FRAME.
As we continued to enjoy this scene many more safari jeeps began to pile up where we were parked. The excitement just kept on rising among fellow tourists, most of whom seemed to be professional photographers and film makers. After a good 20 odd minutes of playfulness, the family began walking towards our gypsies. The moment of excitement was absolutely indescribably euphoric. All of us got ready to capture the next few eventful moments with this happy young family romping towards us.

FINALLY THE FAMILY BEGINS THEIR WALK TOWARDS OUR GYPSIES.

THE TIGER STRIDES CAUTIOUSLY PACED, EVALUATING EACH GYPSY IN SIGHT.   

SCHEMING THEIR DAY WHILE THEY MOVE TOWARDS THE DIRECTION OF RAJBAUGH RUINS
One by one, each majestic cat crossed our jeeps while they continued to entertain us with their playfulness. Experiencing the tiger family on the 1st drive itself was a memory etched in our minds for this lifetime. Here are some more shots from this part of the morning. Enjoy your browse while I move on to write the family story that unfolded in the 2nd half of the morning.

TRAINING THE CHARGE THROUGH PLAY.
LEARNING THE PLAY OF SOUNDS
MULTIPLE MOODS OF THE TIGER FAMILY
QUENCHING HER THIRST
THE TIGER LEAP!
AS THEY JOURNEY TOWARDS THE 2ND HALF OF THE MORNING...
We continued to trail this family until late morning but from this point on the family disintegrated. Each tiger cub chose a safe distance from the mother to explore the territory while the mother continue to map her zone with multiple rests and strolls.

Read more on #Ranthambore in the following few blog posts.
You may also find the story on 'Queen of Damdama- #Bandhavgarh' an interesting read. We almost encountered 3 cubs and the young mum but had to be satisfied with just Hiami and her presence. :)

Signing-off...

Xoxo,
Sensuous2Spititual 

2 comments:

  1. Well written and awesome clicks...keep up the great work and all the best...

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    1. Thank you Blue Earth! :D so glad that you liked the read. I look forward to see you more often.

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