Western Ghats National Parks Road trip-Trip Report

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Beautiful writing and the route is a dream trip , I am hooked now ...waiting for more
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The next morning we were off for the safari with Mr Nagaendra, Naturalist and our driver , Ramesh.
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While we waited for the permits to be checked, i clicked some pictures. There are a lot of small buses , and a well stocked souvenir shop. The Government of Karnataka is making efforts to encourage eco tourism though the per diem price ( Rs 8000+ per day per person) could be quite prohibitive.
We saw a stripe necked mongoose. Evidently, it was not too happy that we had disturbed its morning breakfast hunt.
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It was quite early, when we came to this water hole and Viola!!!
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There she was, cooling her belly after a full protein meal (She had killed a Gaur)
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we sat there for 20 minutes enjoying the show and then a noisy bus came and she left.
Here is a shot of frogs on her body eating the insects and flies. Peaceful coexistance as i term it. We humans should learn from "wild" life.

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We had made it clear to our guide that we enjoyed all the elements of the forest and were not fixated only on the bid predators. However, since majority of the tourists they associate with are there for a leopard or tiger sighting, i believe that they, over time, become tiger centric. It is also a sad commentary that these naturalists and drivers are tipped only if a "big" sighting is made and hence they tend to unconsciously follow that.

Nagaendra was happy that we seemed to genuinely enjoy all elements of the forest and he cast aside the tiger fixation.

Lantana Camara, for example, is known to us as a nice, colourful, flowering plant. However, this shrub, imported from South America, has now invaded the entire forest-so much so that the original endemic species of plants are all lost.
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Every where that we looked we saw Lantana. There is a debate taking place amongst the environmentalists whether Lantana should be cleared from the forests. No outcome yet- for now they have cleared it from either side of the road.
What do you all think?
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Very nice images Earthian. My own memory of Bandipur is from 2001 - visited while studying along with 40 others. Needless to say, have photos of classmates who were wild enough. Closest we got to a tiger was when our driver stopped abruptly and pointed towards a shaking shrub. No one saw a thing.

On invasive species, India has more than its fair share thanks to central planning- large swathes were ''afforested'' late 50-70s, sometimes by aerial spray of seeds. Juliflora prosopis is thorny example of this. Water hyacinth used to make quite a stink in all waterbodies. The worst has to be parthenium (gajar ghas). Like cleanliness in public places, removal of these species requires a significant amount of political will and execution at the local level.
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@vaibhav_arora
I did not know that we did the damage ourselves "apne pair me khuladi marna"
this article speaks about this:http://www.thehindu.com/news/nationa...cle6432731.ece
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We saw quite a few birds:
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white throated kingfisher

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Streak throated woodpecker?

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shrike?

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drongo

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And we saw the elephant:
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It is said that the most dangerous animal to encounter on foot is the elephant. Here is a picture of a tusker waiting to cross the road and no one is stopping (except us) In fact we saw quite a few wild asses trying to take a "selfie" with the elephant. After he charged one of them, the enthusiasm quic
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Beautiful images there :-)
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[QUOTE=Earthian;1932528]We saw quite a few birds:

Beautiful photos of the tiger , now birds ..have to ask a familiar question
Which lens & camera you used
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Thank you. Here is one for you:
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And one of a pied kingfisher:
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[quote=sindabad;1932533]
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Originally Posted by Earthian View Post We saw quite a few birds:

Beautiful photos of the tiger , now birds ..have to ask a familiar question
Which lens & camera you used
Thank you, Himadri
I use a Nikon D3s along with Nikon lenses 24-70mm, 70-200mm, both f2.8 and a 600mm f4.0.
i used a TC 1.7 with the 70-200 mm and am not happy with the results. The sharpness is compromised.
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