Tadoba - More than a tiger reserve

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#1 May 11th, 2011, 19:07
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In the last couple of years media was active in reporting frequent tiger sighting stories by tourist, hence this place now become a hot-spot for wildlife enthusiasts, particularly Tiger chasers . Per recent census March 2011 Tiger population has further increased from 42 to 69, in an area spread across 625 Sq. km. Needless to say a stellar accomplishment by park authorities in the midst of tiger crisis everywhere in the world. It was reported that as many as 28 tiger cubs were born in 2010.
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Ruddy Shelduck (Migratory, Nesting at Ladakh)

Following these interesting pieces of information I pack up for a two days tour to Tadoba last month and had total three safaris in the morning and evening. Ironically I didn’t see a Tiger!! Not to hint or mean that sighting is difficult, infact the probability is high, it was just not my time. But what I saw and sharing herewith may change the perception that visiting Tiger sanctuaries are not merely success of sighting a Tiger but of really enjoying the rich bio-diversity and other varieties of wild spices rather then passing common fuzz if Tiger dont appear. I'll rather happy to let them remain as elusive elegant.
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Tadoba is mostly visited as Tiger Reserve (primarily), which I felt should equally be visited for its pristine and unique eco-system that has full of herbivores, carnivores and bird life. It was very different among other forests I visited; in the sense it is a dry deciduous jungle with small bamboo bushes. From the first look itself place was looking like extremely congenial habitat for Tigers, especially to get to their preys hiding through these bamboo grasses.
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There are three ranges mainly, Tadoba, Mohrali and Kolsa. Mohrali range is mostly visited by tourists, where MTDC has a resort (expect not more then basic/average facility and food with a lousy manager – if your focus is on wildlife more then resort you’ll be OK), there are two more resorts Saras & Tiger Trails (new) – looks better, off-course at double the price of MTDC. Kolsa is inside the jungle, mainly for birds and has a Forest Rest House (need advance booking from forest authorities). Mind you, park remains closed on every Tuesdays, but good news is park is open for the entire year, so no monsoon break. In Mohrali, some of the key spots are Telia & Erai dam, Jamunzora and the place we got in the last day with the highest animal density was called sector 97 in code language by the Guide. It was bit far from the gate, but worth visiting. I was not taken to this place until I insisted as someone spotted Tiger there in the morning.
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Temperature may touch 40-42 degree celsius in the peak summer and an open vehicle (best for safari – though other vehicles are also permitted in Tadoba (unique) may drain lots of fluid out of you so need at least two litters of water per head. Another unique aspect, the safari duration is lengthiest in India, four hours each in the morning and evening. This provides ample time to even comfortably follow animal’s calls to trace Tiger or engage on photography at ease with the plenty of other wild spices to fill your heart with joy at Tadoba

Main Mammals:
Tiger (69), leopards (28), wild dogs (1758), wild boars (195), sloth bears (165), bisons/gaur (1052), deer (2039), wild Cat, Ratel, Indian mouse deer, Sambar, Four horned antelope, Flying Squirrel, Hare and many more.

Birds:Different verities of goose, Egret, Heron, Rudy Shelduck (migratory), IBIS, Indian Roller, Verities of Drongo’s, Eagles, Bee Catchers, Junglefoul, Peefoul, Frencolin, Barbet, Sandgrouse and many more
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Green Bee Eater (catching the bee)
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Red-Wattled Lapwing (Nesting)
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Ruddy Shelduck (Migratory to Tadoba, nesting at Ladakh)
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Safique: nice post and great pictures!
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Dear KS,

Thank you for appreciating. I have just joined the forum and very new to the world of photography, but the passion for wildlife is old & chronic :-).
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Originally Posted by Safique View Post Dear KS,

Thank you for appreciating. I have just joined the forum and very new to the world of photography, but the passion for wildlife is old & chronic :-).
Welcome to IM! .. I didn't notice you were newbie here ... I am sure you will find this IM forum most interesting .. and can be very addictive too. What camera did you use to take these Tadoba pics? I am going to Pench this weekend. Have you seen the tigers in this thread: http://www.indiamike.com/india/india...013-a-t131804/
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Nice pics & welcome to India mike. Tadoba is certainly more than Tiger. Except Wild Elephants Tadoba has everything a wild life enthusiast would want. You have Sloth Bear, Wild Dogs (Dholes), Bison, Crocodiles, Deers apart from variety of Bird life & of course tigers. Even Leopards are sited frequently.

One of my uncle from Chennai went to Tadoba twice this year (once in Dec-Jan for five safaris & then in April start for seven safaris) yet he did not see a tiger. He said that every one else saw tigers & every time they reached late by few seconds or mins. They had used services of a reputed guide in Tadoba. I would say pure bad luck. Luck plays very important part in wildlife watching.

@Safique, Check out the Mumbai meet up thread
http://www.indiamike.com/india/india...ups-t42737/66/

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Nice write up Safique and lovely pictures. I had gone to Tadoba last year and in 5 safaris we had one tiger sighting... but we saw about 70 different species of birds and number of raptors. Its a good place for wildlife lovers and for better or worse is not heavily commercialised!
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Originally Posted by ks_bluechip View Post Welcome to IM! .. I didn't notice you were newbie here ... I am sure you will find this IM forum most interesting .. and can be very addictive too. What camera did you use to take these Tadoba pics? I am going to Pench this weekend. Have you seen the tigers in this thread: http://www.indiamike.com/india/india...013-a-t131804/
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OH Yes, just yesterday I saw this thread about Pench and written to Abheek as well. Amazing! I would love to see them. I see you are from Mumbai, may I talk about this weekend plan with you. I am not sure if its OK to share phone number in this.

Sorry I got lost in the Pench news. I use Nikon D5000 with 18-55 and 70-300VR lens(for wildlife)

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Originally Posted by maneeshgoal View Post Nice write up Safique and lovely pictures. I had gone to Tadoba last year and in 5 safaris we had one tiger sighting... but we saw about 70 different species of birds and number of raptors. Its a good place for wildlife lovers and for better or worse is not heavily commercialised!
It is the cheapest of all tiger reserves (read entry fees)

However one thing I did not like about Tadoba when we went there 2 years back was that private vehicles were allowed at that time & the drivers used to go too close to animals for better sightings. One one such occasion A tiger was nicely sitting at a water hole besides the main road & few jeeps were watching the action from a distance & then suddenly a Maruti driver who must have spotted the tiger from distance took his car right in front of the tiger. Surprised by this action the tiger immediately went in to the bushes. I don't know if still Pvt. cars are permitted in Tadoba.

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Hi Ronak,

Thanks for guiding me to Mumbai meetup - I think after a long time I am in right place. Looks like I will see some of the similar maverick and wildlife freak soon in Mumbai.

Really appreciate it.

Thanks, Safique
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Beautiful Pictures Safique. I had a similar experience at Tadoba during my first visit. In 3 safaris no Tigers. But I saw the indian gaur, dholes, a sloth Bear and a fleeting glimpse of a Leopard & Lots of birds.On the second visit it was raining tigers, specially cubs, 7 of them. And it is a beautiful forest.
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Yes you are right Ronak, private vehicle are still allowed. These are excited lot and mostly spoils the show. May be a good news - our guide was telling me that forest authority is soon going to disallow private vehicles. (I think some NGO's, conservationist also take their pvt vehicle, not sure same will apply to them or not). In fact I have written in my blog about how the reckless race by vehicles ruining wild inhabitants privacy :-)
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Fabulous pictures Safiqui....have you been to the Black Buck Sanctuary in Gujarat (Bhavnagar) or Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary (Jamnagar), both allow private vehicles and are well worth a visit.

http://www.indiamike.com/india/india...jarat-t134913/
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Wonderful post and beautiful pictures.
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Originally Posted by shahronakm View Post It is the cheapest of all tiger reserves (read entry fees)

However one thing I did not like about Tadoba when we went there 2 years back was that private vehicles were allowed at that time & the drivers used to go too close to animals for better sightings. One one such occasion A tiger was nicely sitting at a water hole besides the main road & few jeeps were watching the action from a distance & then suddenly a Maruti driver who must have spotted the tiger from distance took his car right in front of the tiger. Surprised by this action the tiger immediately went in to the bushes. I don't know if still Pvt. cars are permitted in Tadoba.

Ronak.
You are absolutely right Ronak... I had band bajaoed this entire thing on my blog... not only this...an ST bus passes through the road in the core Moharli area right beside which is a water hole where a tigress regularly comes for a drink...just imagine! On many occasions we saw the guides sitting in the last seat of scorpios / sumos and sometimes facing the opposite side!!!
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I also saw the ST bus passing by, it must be for the villagers living inside or on the other side of the forest. Regarding guides I have seen some of them telling visitors not to litter, not to shout etc., but then the local tourist hardly listen to them. I saw a Maruti van playing loud music inside the park when we were nicely watching a pack of dholes, who all got distrubed & ran deep inside the forest. Hope the forest department bans Pvt. vehicles as early as possible.

@Safique, would request you to confirm your participation on the Mumbai meet up thread. This time I am looking forward to record no. of Imers at the meet up.

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