Vlog: Unusual tiger behaviour at Bandhavgarh National Park in India

This is a story about a sub-adult tiger called “Banbehi-male-cub”, one of three cubs of “Banbehi-female” and “Mangu” from that generation. There was some unusual tiger behavior going on at the time when we saw Banbehi-male-cub and one of his siblings.

This vlog also tells us how tigers get their names, and what it’s like to go on safaris to Bandhavgarh National Park during summer.

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Often I know little about the birds I see and photograph. But every time I come home and look at my pictures, I learn something about them.

This photo taught me that babblers are Passerines, of the order Passeriformes. Passeriformes are also known as songbirds or perching birds.

Passeriformes contain about half the total number of living birds. That’s almost 6,000 species.

On one of my visits to Kumbhargaon I was walking through the woods in the evening when I saw a Yellow-eyed Babbler bouncing from one twig to another and finally perched and looked straight at me, like a cartoon character who was very happy to see me.

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During my first few tiger safaris, I would obsess about tigers. I’d be very disappointed if I didn’t see any. I have learnt to enjoy the jungle, its trees, birds, and more common wildlife such as deer.

We heard distress calls during all the five safaris and explored every vantage point we could, but we did not see a single tiger or a leopard.

This photograph reminds me what this whole experience felt like… so near, yet so far, in the dense jungle that is Sariska!

Sariska National Park is set in the Aravalli Mountains near Alwar in Rajasthan. Sariska is a dense jungle and we have never seen tigers or leopards during the winter, but that doesn’t stop us from trying!

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This is a vlog about my first leopard sighting in a jungle, and how our guide, Alok, found himself within a few feet of a wild leopard!

Our guide, Alok, jumped off the jeep from his seat next to the driver and hustled towards the edge of the cliff to survey the valley below

Tourists must not get off their jeeps in the jungle, except at a few designated spots where you can have breakfast and soak in panoramic views from high vantage points overlooking the canopy below. I’d like to clarify that this was a spot where we were allowed to alight.

I posted this, my first wildlife vlog, on Wednesday, 30 December 2020. There couldn’t have been a better time to create and launch my YouTube Channel, The Open Image. I use present day technology to tell my life’s stories on the Internet.

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This is a vlog about the time when a lovestruck Russell’s viper snake chased us! Russell’s vipers are among the five most venomous snakes in the world.

“We continued rowing towards a flock of whiskered terns when suddenly something long and slim popped its head right out of the water… about a foot out!”

We were expecting to see only birds, but was there a pleasant surprise in store for us!

Are snakes venomous or poisonous?

Snakes have venom and venom needs a mode of injection to affect another creature. Snakes inject venom through their fangs. Once the venom enters the body of another creature, it becomes poisonous. Certain mushrooms, frogs and butterflies are fatal if eaten. It makes them poisonous, not venomous because they are fatal only if eaten.

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