Big Game Hunting in India - p 5 of 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The common kingfisher here, White-throated, is usually too far away for that killer shot. Just like most kingfishers. With quite a bit of cropping, this photo looked okay

 

White-throated Kingfisher

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And the last of the owls, two sleepy Collared Scops-owls. Their plumage seems expressly designed to blend in with the bark of trees in whose holes the spend the day.

 

 

One of our last photo ops was three Ruddy Mongooses that ran across the road. Our guide made a whistling/growling sound that drew the attention of one. It came trotting toward the jeep until discretion overcame curiosity.

 

Ruddy Mongoose
6 Dec 2013

Epilogue

Our flights home featured an 8-hr layover in Paris. This was time enough to go into the city and have breakfast at a brasserie along Quai Saint-Michel, with a view of Notre Dame cathedral.

As we watched the bustle along the cold street, the wildlife, the people, the cuisine, everything we loved about India, were literally and figuratively a world away. But we left optimistic about the future of Indian wildlife.  First, these wonderful animals fully deserve a place on earth.

Second, there’s the financial side. Ecotourism lodges have sprung up like mushrooms around Bandhavgarh and Gir. The continued presence of lions or tigers means thousands of jobs for the regions.  All things considered, there's every reason to be hopeful our grandchildren will enjoy what we did in India. 

Lion near a stram

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