Last year I made a lot of trips to potential tiger hot spots- Kanha National Park, Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, Kabini. In an ideal scenario I should have returned from every one of these trips with my poster tiger pics. Tiger resting close to a water body, tiger crossing road, tiger resting in the shade of a tree etc etc (you get the drift). Except! It never happened.
While I didn’t even sight a single tiger at Bhadra, the ones at Kanha were so elusive that they avoided my camera frame (by some effective stealth).
The one at Kabini, I lost purely because my camera was not powerful enough to capture the tiger at a distance. One of those moments when I wished I had a super powerful lens and an SLR…
This tiger has special memories for me as I was the first person in our jeep to sight it. The tiger had its sights on a couple of young gaurs and was maybe wishing for a nice breakfast. The gaur pack would have none of it though. Three adults were all at attention and effectively manoeuvred the tiger into picking another option for breakfast. It didn’t help the tiger’s cause that there was also us in the safari jeep distracting both the gaurs and the tiger. I am sure he/ she had enough reason not to pose for us.