Friday, April 14, 2017

Tigress Early Morning Stroll - Video

The Story
Kanha National Park 
Tigersess on stroll  
Guest Pauline & Kath UK
Courtyard House  

We tracked this tigress from where it was likely to be. Tiger frequent a spot or place after a gap of few days in order to catch the prey unaware.

Beautiful early morning with cool breeze flowing all over. It was an enthralling moment in the pristine wilderness of Kanha. Partially hidden among strands of grass we spotted the angelic tigress.  

Our guests were thrilled beyond words. The cameras began to click as we reversed the jeep up to a safe distance. The tigress arose from the foliage and came unto the road. Then the stroll began, oblivious of us she began to walk towards us and we kept backing. This continued for a long time and I used my mobile to film her. 

After what seemed like eternity the another jeep arrived much to their delight they too could witness the ethereal moment. She would step into the near by bush and spray hormones an essential act of scent marking for communication.  

Tigers can charge badly, and you would not want to witness the event. Hence we kept a safe distance all the time. Eventually other jeeps arrived and the big cat moved deeper into the bush and vanished. 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Wild Encounters - John Leonn

John Leonn Canada & Friends
Courtyard House Kanha

Not dithered by age John Leonn retired veterinarian from Canada is an enthusiastic wildlife photographer and skier. He spends time at ski grounds doing all the hard work he loves. He spent time in India at various tiger reserves photographing wildlife in its natural habitats. 

Here are some of amazing wild animal pictures that he took assiduously while on visits to wilderness. I accompanied him as naturalist whence he visited Kanha Tiger Reserve in Central India. 

Posted below are some of his images which enthral the viewers. 
barking deer

male tiger


spotted deer

Wild dog

Wild Dog Pack

Elephant mother and calf



honey buzzard

India Pitta



Elephant ride

king Vulture



Bengal Tiger

Marsh Crocodile

One Horned Rhinoceros

Plum Headed Parakeets


Sloth Bear

Swamp Deer

Tiger at WaterHole

Pug Mark of Tiger

Wild Buffalo

Wild Boar


Saturday, January 21, 2017

Tiger Conservation: Tigress Electrocuted

Another One Down. 

This time near the Sidhi Tiger Reserve in Central India. The tigress met with a torturous end after being electrocuted by electric lines. She was in care of three cubs which may as well die. This is absolute tragedy.

The Deadly Lines

The eleven KVA lines work across the whole nation, but they are misused near the tiger reserves. Even humans, and poachers (sic) have died, the latter entrapped in their own evil mechanism. The menace poses a serious threat and should be curtailed by all means.

The related incidences have occurred at Pench, Kanha, Bandhavgarh and now Sidhi. They might be occurring elsewhere without fail.  The incidences have occurred with a degree of regularity. I believe a solution was provided by an NGO...covered wires to be used near the reserve, but they are rotting in the store.    

Until unless we do not consider all elements of tiger conservation seriously,saving the critically endangered species will be an arduous task. The these incidence continue to happen, and are miserable. They speak of  volumes of how seriously we take conservation of carnivores in India. 

This is not end since we lose predators, wild elephants and other animals to railway tracks and highways as well. This is also a regular occurrence.

These death raise serious questions especially whence these have been occurring since decades in India. Surprisingly no solutions have been found or are we not bothered at all?

We do not wish to see the back of this one. IC Teerath Singh
Why do we not impose speed limits to an extent the accidents are avoided?

Do these issue appear to be non glamorous to our wildlife managers and policy makers?

Is there a serious thought accorded to these issues? Well it does not seem so!    

At present juncture we cannot afford to lose a single tiger or a leopard. Same applies to all life forms without prejudice. A comprehensive policy should be framed for conserving critically endangered species, taking into consideration all elements that pose a threat to their survival.

More Tiger Deaths By Electrocution

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Tigress in Our Backyard

Courtyard House Kanha

Guests Simon & Toby + Family...USA. 

Fifteen minutes after we left Courtyard House at buffer zone of Kanha National Park there was a tumultuous uproar. Monkeys, chital and sambar got busy ringing the bell. Alarm cries started ringing all over. The staff, alert as ever could quickly make out a predator's presence. 

From the intensity of the call there was little to doubt that it was a leopard or a tiger. The calls continued as the predator crossed over our grounds a little distance from the fence and vanished into the dense canopy that surrounds Courtyard House.   

Ever inquisitive the guard went to inspect and discovered pug marks of a tigress. That was it a tigeress in our backyard. Few days earlier we had heard commotion at late evening over a leopard ambushing a sambar fawn which it manged to kill. The next day its remains were found near the water body about hundred yards from Courtyard House.  

The guests came across a tiger at the entrance of the park near Khatia Gate hence all was well. Next day we saw Munna the tiger which dominated the region before the huge Karai Ghati male stepped in.
Tiger Photo Uday Patel