Bhadra – May 2019 – tour report
We had another exciting photography tour at Bhadra wildlife sanctuary in early May, the second batch of this year. Here’s a quick look at how the tour turned out.
Bhadra never lets us escape its territory without enthralling us with multitude sightings of wild animals and birds. It makes a great place for wildlife photography tours and learning to capture the ethos of these creatures in their natural habitat.
Our cottages overlooking the dam offered us soothing views to refresh our minds for a good start of the photography tour. Our energies were pumped up when we learned that there were sightings of the big cats in the past few days. We hurriedly made arrangements to get on to the jeep safaris to try our luck. We were indeed rewarded by the courteous Bhadra forests.
We become closer to nature by observing the birds and animals, watching their behaviours and patterns in the unspoiled regions of their existence. River terns gave us a peep into their lives making the bird-lover in us wanting more to click every bit of their movements. We caught a little owlet hunting down the lizard with its swiftness and grabbing it in its beak within seconds. We clicked several portraits of the flamboyant grey-headed fish eagle and spotted Malabar pied hornbills.
Our constant allies in all our Bhadra safaris have been our leopards. An unprecedented scene awaited us this time around when we had a ‘National Geographic Channel’ like an encounter with a leopard. We were able to observe him play around, cleaning himself, waking by the sight of a Malabar squirrel, a potential meal. We were ecstatic watching the leopard and witness a host of his actions in front of us.
We captured elephants, sloth bears and Malabar squirrels adding variety to our cameras.
Incredible sightings of all the animals and birds gave us a chance to photograph them in close quarters. We learned the tricks and tactics of capturing wildlife to bring back their quintessence to our city lives. The collective enthusiasm of the participants to get deep into the jungles of Bhadra, to spot animals and birds and create images with utmost precision made our photography tour an enriching experience.