Its been close to a year now, and we have gotten kind of “hooked” on wildlife.
Going to a wildlife sanctuary, and being part of a safari is extremely exciting; but to be able to spot an animal in the wild, also requires a bit of luck, and some blessings from above.
The whole experience is very exciting. You get up at 0430-0500 Hrs and start getting ready. The safari jeep arrives by 0545-0600 Hrs, and then by 0630 Hrs you are actually driving into the sanctuary. During the winter months, this part of the morning is extremely cold and misty. The jeeps travel fast, and that only adds to the cold! You start to feeling the cold beginning to really bite into you as you struggle to keep your ears warm, and your camera from falling from your fingers that are stiff with the cold. There is a feeling of unreality; – you are being bounced around in a small jeep, it is still a bit dark, there are shadows everywhere, and you see all sorts of shapes and movements in the large jungle. Not an easy job this, – holding your head gear in place for the cold, and your camera in the other, while trying to balance in the jeep and not fall off. There is only one thought in everyone’s mind – “TIGER” !!
Time passes, we see the pug marks of the tiger, and try to track it. We suddenly hear the animal cry’s…something is nearby. We cut the engines of the jeep and wait….and wait…and wait ! No luck today…nothing happens.
Disappointed, spirits low, we start making our way back. We were so close; but then with wildlife sighting, this is something you need to get used to..sometimes you hit the jackpot, quite often you see nothing.
We are almost out of the jungle when suddenly the guide tells us there is a leopard moving up ahead. Our moods shift gear immediately, all eyes are searching the thick undergrowth and trees for signs of movement. And then suddenly, there she was!! It was almost as if she was sunbathing; with not a care in the world.
We took some really good pictures and then moved on, careful not to disturb her peaceful morning.
The day did turn out well in the end !