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One of the new mother tigers of Tadoba leads her quartet of cubs down one of the jungle racks image captured during a NaturesLens Photography Holiday to photograph the Benhal Tigers of Tadoba

Andrew was one of the guests on this year’s Tigers of Tadoba photography holiday. We arranged the tour for Derek & Andrew after we learnt that two of the tigresses in Tadoba had recently given birth, which meant there was the possibility to photograph tiger cubs.  One of the new mother tigers of Tadoba with her quartet of cubs on one of the jungle tracks image captured during a NaturesLens Photography Holiday to photograph the Benhal Tigers of Tadoba Read more

The money shot, one of the young tigers of Tala zone strides through one of the watering holes image captured during the NaturesLens TIgers of Bandhavgarh Photography Holiday in April 2018

Jean & Kevin joined Jayne on our April 2018 Indian tour to photograph the Bengal Tigers of Bandhavgarh.

Looking back, one of the younger tigers, totally unconcerned by the attention he is recieving image captured during the NaturesLens TIgers of Bandhavgarh Photography Holiday in April 2018

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Tiger cub looking fierce as his mother rests an image captured during a Natureslens Bengal Tigers of Tadoba Photography Holiday

David learnt that there were two female tigers who had recently given birth to cubs in Tadoba National Park. This was probably around late November 2017 & two other females had also given birth a little earlier. It seemed that a visit to see the Tigers of Tadoba was on!

A Tiger Cub checking the scent on a tree an image captured during a Natureslens Bengal Tigers of Tadoba Photography Holiday

David & I, plus my friend Andy, could not miss this great opportunity of hopefully viewing 3 to 4-month-old tiger cubs. So, we caught a plane to Nagpur & then travelled to Tadoba for some excellent tiger viewing & photography.

David is always networking which helps significantly in the meticulous planning NaturesLens always carry out when preparing wildlife photographic trips & workshops. This was no exception.

Tiger cub looking fierce as his mother rests an image captured during a Natureslens Bengal Tigers of Tadoba Photography Holiday

If you want to get the best possible viewing in the core tiger zones, you usually have to book at least three months in advance.  David learnt that two of the Tigers had made their home outside of the core zones of the reserve. We therefore decided to take a gamble & arrange some of our drives in the lesser used reserve areas. We hoped this would increase our chances of seeing as many different cubs as possible. Of course, this could have gone wrong if the Tigers had returned to the main areas but we felt confident they would not.

Our gamble paid off! In reality, this was probably not an enormous gamble due to the planning by David. Most tourists tend to stick to the traditional core areas as they believe they offer the best sightings. I believe we were the only westerners in the areas where these two females were to be found, which made our viewings & images even more special.

Royal Bengal Tiger with two cubs an image captured during a Natureslens Bengal Tigers of Tadoba Photography Holiday

It was sweltering hot & extremely humid. More so than Gujarat, (see my other blog post about the trip that preceded this, to The Little Rann of Kutch). But we chose this time because there would be less water about & animals including tigers would congregate more around the central water holes. It can be a difficult time to see other wildlife, & while we did have excellent views of many other species, we did not see the Sloth Bear or Leopard which Tadoba is also famous for, although others did see them. The Tigers more than made up for this though.

David & I also arranged to do a full day game drive which has to be agreed well in advance. I believe only one safari vehicle a day is allowed to stay in the park. A full day can heighten your chances of more game viewing, but it can also be a long hot day in 30c – 40c temperatures. During our time on our own in the reserve, we had great views of the dominant male tiger, Bagrang.  We were very lucky as he is usually only seen a couple of days a month mainly due to his vast range.

A tigress rests as her cub keeps watch an image captured during a Natureslens Bengal Tigers of Tadoba Photography Holiday

The tigers we saw are as follows:

  • Maya with two cubs about 3-4 months old.
  • Sawmili with three cubs about 7 months old.
  • Mavhuri with four cubs about 3-4 months old
  • Sonam with four cubs about 7 months old.
  • Bagrang the dominant male.

A large male tiger crossing the road an image captured during a Natureslens Bengal Tigers of Tadoba Photography Holiday

I have attached a selection of images & hopefully, this will whet your appetite to book a tiger photography tour with NaturesLens in the future.

Photograph the Bengal Tigers of Tadoba for yourself

Join us in India at the end of March 2019. Our India’s Bengal Tigers of Tadoba is a photography holiday of 7 night/8 day duration, which costs £3299 & takes place in India, between the dates of 23rd – 30th March 2019.

It is ideal for photographing asiatic jackal, bengal fox, black kite, black vulture, brown fish owl, crested serpent eagle, dhole, egyptian vulture, gaur, grey mongoose, indian roller, jungle cat, langur monkey, leopard, little egret, little grebe, red jungle fowl, rhesus macaque, sambar, sloth bear, spotted deer, striped hyena, tiger, wild pig & more.

This photography holiday is led by David Miles for NaturesLens. The photography holiday is offered on a full board, non-shared basis. Group size for this photography holiday is a minimum of 3 participants & a maximum of 7, plus David.

All the details of the Bengal Tigers of Tadoba photography holiday.

Two young Langurs playing an image captured during a Natureslens Bengal Tigers of Tadoba Photography Holiday

Two tiger cubs playfighting in water as their mother watches an image captured during a Natureslens Bengal Tigers of Tadoba Photography Holiday

Tigress lounging in water with her two cubs an image captured during a Natureslens Bengal Tigers of Tadoba Photography Holiday

Tigress leading her three cubs down the road an image captured during a Natureslens Bengal Tigers of Tadoba Photography Holiday

Tiger resting her head on her paws an image captured during a Natureslens Bengal Tigers of Tadoba Photography Holiday

Tiger family cooling off in water an image captured during a Natureslens Bengal Tigers of Tadoba Photography Holiday

Tiger cub exploring his environment while staying close to his mother an image captured during a Natureslens Bengal Tigers of Tadoba Photography Holiday

Three indian tiger cubs crossing the road an image captured during a Natureslens Bengal Tigers of Tadoba Photography Holiday

Portrait of a male Samba Deer an image captured during a Natureslens Bengal Tigers of Tadoba Photography Holiday

Mother and cub an image captured during a Natureslens Bengal Tigers of Tadoba Photography Holiday

Indian tiger walking on the road with her three tiger cubs an image captured during a Natureslens Bengal Tigers of Tadoba Photography Holiday

Female tiger at water hole looking backwards an image captured during a Natureslens Bengal Tigers of Tadoba Photography Holiday

Crested Serpent Eagle posing at the end of a tree branch an image captured during a Natureslens Bengal Tigers of Tadoba Photography Holiday

An Indian Gaur with its one day old calf an image captured during a Natureslens Bengal Tigers of Tadoba Photography Holiday

An Indian Gaur peering through the long grass an image captured during a Natureslens Bengal Tigers of Tadoba Photography Holiday

A young indian tiger cub an image captured during a Natureslens Bengal Tigers of Tadoba Photography Holiday

A young baby langur looks up at its mother an image captured during a Natureslens Bengal Tigers of Tadoba Photography Holiday

 

 

A solitary Indian Gaur in long grass an image captured during a Natureslens Bengal Tigers of Tadoba Photography Holiday

A large male tiger emerging from the jungle an image captured during a Natureslens Bengal Tigers of Tadoba Photography Holiday

A mirror reflection of a wading bird at sunset in one of the lakes in the Kutch area an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday

Many followers of NaturesLens will probably know that David & I have been friends for many years. Well before he & Pui Hang set up NaturesLens & have enjoyed many photographic adventures together.

Just before Christmas 2017, David asked me if I had been to the Little Rann of Kutch. I said I had never even heard of it. Kutch is a little-known wildlife destination in the state of Gujarat near the Pakistan border.  So off we went in March this year to carry out a recce for NaturesLens.

Sunset over one of the lakes in the Kutch area an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday

We stayed at a lodge near the park of Little Rann of Kutch. The area is mainly a vast saline desert interspersed with thorny scrub & grasslands, appx 5,000 sq kilometres.  It is a very strategic location for bird migration including many types of raptors, waders, cranes, flamingos & other bird species. It is also home to the very rare Asiatic Wild Ass, Indian Wolf, Indian Fox & Desert Fox. Some of these species can be seen nowhere else.

One of the Indian Foxes walking across open grassland an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday

One of the Desert Foxes curled up on the ground an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday

An Asiatic Wild Ass with foal an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday

A young Desert Fox kit an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday

A trio of Asiatic Wild Ass including one of the foals make their way across the salt flats an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday

This is a fantastic opportunity to photograph rare & endangered species which will make great additions to your portfolio. The Raptors do not have trees to perch in, so unusually they sit on the ground. This provides unusual opportunities to photograph raptors at eye level as they take off from the ground.

One of the Steppe Eagles flying over the salt flats an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography HolidayOne of the female Montagu's Harrier hunting across the salt flats an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday

It can be scorching hot in this desert region often up to 38c. But it is a dry heat so much more bearable than some other states of India, which can be very humid.

David & I spent a week exploring the habitats & there are many more great locations we did not have time to visit. Our timing was probably a little bit late as the migrating birds were starting to leave & return to their breeding countries. But we still had great opportunities for photography & realise it could have been even better.

A mirror reflection of a wading bird at sunset in one of the lakes in the Kutch area an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography HolidayA sunset silhouette of a wading bird in one of the lakes in the Kutch area an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography HolidayIt is indeed a location I would not hesitate in returning to in the future. Hopefully, the images here will give you a taste of what to expect on any future Wildlife of the Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday to Gujarat.

Two Black Winged Stilts wading in the mirror like waters of one of the lakes in the Kutch area an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday

Three Lesser Flamingoes standing in the reflective waters of a lake in the Kutch area an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday

One of the Steppe Eagles with out stretched wings gliding over the barren salt flats an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday

One of the Lesser Flamingos feeding an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday

A pair of Lesser Flamingo getting ready to take off at one of the lakes in the Kutch area an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday

 

A mass of the Lesser Flamingos take flight an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday

A juvenile Lesser Flamingo with its beak in the water an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday

A Juvenile Black Winged Stilt standing in water with one leg raised an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday

A group of Lesser Flamingo and juveniles feeding in water an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday

A flock of Demoiselle Cranes in one of the lakes at Little Rann of Kutch an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday

A flock of Demoiselle Cranes congregating in one of the lakes in the Kutch area an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday

A Female Desert Fox an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday

A Bar tailed Godwit looking for food in water an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday

Dotty, surely the most magnificent tigress in the forest looking back photographed on the 2017 Tigers of Bandhavgarh Safari Holiday

I have just returned from two weeks in India, & it has to be said that right now, the tiger reserves are rocking, new cubs, juvenile tigers, new males & tigers looking to establish their territories means that sightings were excellent! We make use of both Tadoba & Bandhavgarh for our Tiger Photography Holidays, coupled with local guide knowledge we have great information on what is going on in the reserves, where is best to take clients to & which of the various zones in the parks we should be visiting. I can vouch for the reserves as being excellent this season, I spent several hours with one of the female tigers in Tadoba, along with her four tiny cubs!

Bandhavgarh is looking to be pretty unique this season too, but now word has reached us of more tiger pregnancies, with these due in September – assuming that the information is correct – this would hopefully mean that the cubs might be first seen in December 2018.

Dotty, surely the most magnificent tigress in the forest looking back photographed on the 2017 Tigers of Bandhavgarh Safari Holiday

To that end, we have decided to add a new photography holiday into the schedule for this year, to head to Bandhavgarh between the dates of December 11th – 19th 2018.

The prices for Bandhavgarh jeep safaris – for only two people per jeep, (as this is how we run the safaris to give you maximum space) – were increased in September 2017 & will rise again in September 2018 – but for this tour, WE WILL AGAIN HOLD OUR PRICE AT THE 2017 RATE!

That means 12 safaris, all ground transportation, full board accommodation throughout the trip & non-shared accommodation with no single supplement payable for each traveller at a blinding cost of £2749 – the same trip in April 2019 will cost £3249 unfortunately.

So this is the opportunity to take the plunge, visit the tigers & do it all at a brilliant price – but it gets better!

The above price is based on a minimum of 3 clients, once we have a minimum of 4 clients, the cost of the trip will be reduced by £100 per person. This applies to those initial three clients that may have booked at the higher price as well as any new clients.

We will take no more than six clients maximum on this trip.

You can view the dedicated event page here – all bookings have to be in before August 1st, 2018 so that we can secure the best zones for viewing of the tigers & cubs.

We hope to hear from you soon!

One of Bandhavgarh's tigers stares straight down the lens photographed on the 2017 Tigers of Bandhavgarh Safari Holiday

In late April/early May I completed two back-to-back Indian trips. The first being our Tigers of Bandhavgarh Safari Holiday. I always look forward to our annual trip to photograph tigers & this year was no different, apart from the fact that I was more excited than usual.

We took a break from Bandhavgarh in 2016, so I couldn’t wait to get back there. I can honestly say that I have never been more excited about going back to what I consider to be my second home.

We have been visiting the park for 7 years now & have gotten to know its residents very well. Along with the drivers & guides who have become our friends, we have mourned the loss of favourite tigers & celebrated the birth of new cubs.

The spot where three tiger brothers have made home their island in the middle of one of the watering holes photographed on the 2017 Tigers of Bandhavgarh Safari Holiday

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

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

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