India’s Big Cats – the Asiatic Lions of Gir

Julianne joined us for the second week of our Indian photography tour to photograph the Asiatic Lions of Gir. She was looking to hone her composition skills & hopefully capture some stunning images of the majestic residents of the Gir forest, the Asiatic Lion.

Whilst her first day drew a blank for lion sightings, Julianne was lucky enough to spend time with a mother jackal & her adorable young pup.

A Jackal mother & one of her cubs photographed during the NaturesLens Asiatic Lions of Gir Photography Holiday

In fact, Julianne proved to be extremely lucky on her first day when during the afternoon game drive, whilst trying to get a good angle on a buzzard in a tree, she encountered a leopard lounging in the bushes. In her own words “I have been trying to get great leopard photos for a decade & this is THE best encounter!”

One of Gir's Leopards sat in the foliage capture whilst on the NaturesLens Asiatic Lions of Gir Photography Holiday

There was plenty of wildlife to practice her photography on as we drove through the forest. This stunning peacock was captured in the soft dawn light not too far from the jackal family.

An image of one of the Indian Peacocks as captured during the Asiatic Lions of Gir Photography Holiday with NaturesLens

Julianne even managed to get some nice encounters with some Indian mongoose.

An image of a Mongoose captured on the Asiatic Lions of Gir Photography Holiday with NaturesLens

No Indian safari would be complete without an image or two of the wonderfully expressive langur monkey.

One of the many Langur Monkeys looks up at the sky photographed on the NaturesLens Asiatic Lions of Gir Photography Holiday

But the stars of the show were the stunning Asiatic Lion; smaller than their African cousins, they are in no way less regal.

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The first Asiatic Lion encounter happened in glorious golden light. We thought that the lions would cross the road in front of us as they emerged from the forest.

One of the Asiatic Lion cubs photographed on the NaturesLens Asiatic Lions of Gir Photography holiday

But much to our delight, they came out of the brush & then lounged in the middle of the road. “The lions were so beautiful & seeing them so relaxed was a privilege & made for wonderful photos” Julianne told us following the encounter.

One of the juvenile lion cubs looking thoughtful an Image captured during the NaturesLens Asiatic Lions of Gir Photography Holiday

Our little group became quite well known in the park for being lucky with big cat encounters. Whilst Lady Luck always plays a big role in sightings, it also helped that we had amazing guides & drivers, who were able to get us in the right position to get our shots.

A pair of the Asiatic Lionesses at one of the various watering holes captured on the NaturesLens Asiatic Lions of Gir Photography Holiday

Some last words from Julianne: “I had a fantastic trip & although it was very hot, I do know that is what helps to make the wildlife great. Thanks for you & your lovely wife’s help. Hopefully, see you in Japan next year.”

DO YOU WANT TO CAPTURE IMAGES OF THE ASIATIC LION FOR YOURSELF?

We have a followup trip to return to Gir to photograph the Asiatic Lions that is to be run during April of 2018, this is an opportunity for you to undertake photography of the Tigers of Bandhavgarh for yourself; the photography holiday costs £2799 each participant, this price excludes air travel – but includes full board accommodation on a non-sharing basis, jeep fees, park fees & airport transfers to make things as straightforward for you as possible, to ensure that you can make the most of this unique wildlife photography experience, the dates for the India’s Lions of Gir Photography Holiday are April 7, 2018 – April 13, 2018.

To hold a place on the trip, we only require a 20% deposit from you, with the balance due 12 weeks prior to the trip taking place.