Big Game Hunting in India - p 4 of 5






Who would have thought the parakeets here would be so confiding? This morning we came upon Rose-ringed Parakeet, the last of the 3 common species in these parts.




Spotted Owlet  


As we were hurrying out of the park today, we came to the tree where a little Spotted Owlet spends the day. He peeked out; the guide pointed him out. I pointed the camera and took the photo.



The common deer in India, along with Spotted Deer, is the Sambar. We came upon three youngsters or females today at a stream. The afternoon being warm, they enjoyed frolicking in the water and chasing each other around.



This could be a dominance thing among sambars.  Or maybe they were just having fun.


30 Nov 2013

I’ve tried without success to photograph Indian Robin, Coppersmith Barbet, and White-bellied Minivet. But today at a shaded stream a handsome Oriental Magpie-Robin hopped up and set our cameras to clicking.

Not long after this a leopard ran across the road and into the forest, our only sighting of this elusive feline.  Only Charlotte managed a few quick shots of his back as he fled.






We’ve heard male Asiatic Lions roar, and briefly saw one at dawn. Today brought our first good look at one along the roadside. He’s an old warrior who walks with a limp. And look at all the battle scars on his face.

Asiatic Lions differs from their African cousin more in behavior than in appearance. Here the males are not part of a pride and must hunt prey for themselves. Asiatic Lions are also much more tame, less aggressive toward humans than those in Africa.


male lion

1 Dec 2013


There's a reservoir across the road from Lion Safari Camp.  Between game drives I tried my luck with Red-wattled Lapwing.  They patrol the shores along with Intermediate Egret.and Purple Swamphen.

I love coffee, but here my preferred drink is masala chai. We first had it at Bandhavgarh. We‘d stop for a break in the morning game drive along the roadside where they mixed black tea, sugar, milk, and spices (cardamom & fresh ginger), brought it to a boil, filtered it, and served it piping hot.

Before our morning game drive at Gir, we must stop in Sasan and wait in the cold and darkness while our driver gets our authorization in order. A street vendor serves us a welcome cup of masala chai. The truck drivers who stop by sip the tea from a saucer. How manly is that?

And just because we’re sleeping in tents at Lion Safari Camp doesn’t mean we can’t order room service. I always call for masala chai to drink as we look through our images following the afternoon game drive.

Red-wattled Lapwing
Green Bee-eater  


Meanwhile, back at the reservoir, a Green Bee-eater flew out from his perch in the reeds to nab a damselfly in mid-air.

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