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In the wild

By AnnChown  
Having visited the WHF in Kent and having uploaded some tiger images from there reminded me of our trip to India and our tiger spotting there. Here are four images of tigers we were privileged to see in the wild - my memory fails me, but I think we saw them all at Bandhavgar, although we did see them at Kanha too. v2 and v3 are cubs (with a parent behind the cub in v3) (I can't remember whether it's the same one), and v4 shows you what happens when a tiger comes out into the open. They were taken in 2008 before I really got into photography, so please excuse the quality.
Many thanks to Dougie (scottishlandscapes) and to Lynne (LynneJoyce) for their UAs for A good old gnaw and to everybody who helped with advice on changing backgrounds in PS - you're a great lot!! Smile

Tags: Photo journalism India Tigers Endangered Wildlife and nature Bandhavgar

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Tibetan 5 3 England
5 Nov 2012 4:45PM
Agrea set like them all regards Leon. lucky you.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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The star of the show here, if it's the same Tiger, seems totally relaxed with the gaggle of photographers hanging off the 4 wheel taxis. Not quite the way we see it in the wildlife films. Does this really help the animals? or just the tourist trade with big lenses and pockets to match.
Seems to me it's just a Zoo on wheels, but I am biased, and probably totally off the wall with my comment.
Certainly not aimed at you Ann, your enthusiasm for all things photographic shines through here. We do have to explore and enjoy the world around us.

Sorry to have taken such a chunk of my comment up with my thoughts on "wild animals" but we do have to try to save so many from the poachers and the so called medical remedies, from animal parts.

This big pussy is a Giant amongst animals, we should remember that...always.

morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2012 5:13PM
Wonderful series of images, what an amazing experience it must have been to see them in the wild

andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2012 5:14PM
wonderful set ann brilliant colours and detail v3 for me today love the comp a belter nice one Wink
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
5 Nov 2012 5:16PM
v4 for me, this is a great shot of transport improvisation.
And yes, i also like the tigers very much Smile
You have travelled a lot indeed SmileSmileSmile
CarolG Plus
11 199 20 Greece
5 Nov 2012 5:24PM
How wonderful to see them in their natural environment, Ann, and not behind bars. I know that places like the WHF do a marvellous job in ensuring the safety of the animals in their care, but you can never beat the real wild world. Four wonderful memories of what must have been the trip of a lifetime. Carol
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
5 Nov 2012 5:37PM
Interesting to see just how close one could get in these vehicles in the wild to such a dangerous big cat, Ann: excellent set and I love that gaze in V 2.
Good to see them in their natural environment though, although preservation of so many species in captivity still seems to be necessary.
5 Nov 2012 5:45PM
Super images Ann, a real taste of the Day's excitement.

John Smile
rontear Plus
14 8 8 England
5 Nov 2012 5:52PM
Wonderful moments Anne, India and Tigers a contraversial subject just now with poaching even a bigger issue. To see them in the wild heart stopping ( We visited Bandhavgar too and saw about 6 Tigers!! It was the days of film so a lot that were too dark but I did get 8 images that were crackers !!) A reminder of those halcyon daysSmile
Jasper87 Plus
7 1.9k 150 England
5 Nov 2012 6:12PM
It must have been amazing to see them wild but the mad rush in all the vehicles to get to emerging wildlife that puts me off these safaris somewhat.

Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2012 6:17PM
Awe inspiring Ann,
and cannot believe V4 Becky that you met...has same shot from her trip!!
that has to be my favourite too
SlowSong Plus
9 7.0k 30 England
5 Nov 2012 6:17PM
How wonderful. V1's just beautiful.
carper123 Plus
6 1.0k 8 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2012 6:25PM
Cracking set of images, Ann, luv v2 with the framing, strange but you can tell you had taken the images in the wild, cant put my finger on it why it should be. They somehow appear different than zoo images.
Well done.
Darryl. xx SmileSmileSmile
5 Nov 2012 6:46PM
Excellent captures Ann,
LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2012 7:25PM
Wow, this is impassive. My love of the ridiculous makes V4 my favourite.
marktc Plus
7 96 15 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2012 7:31PM
4 superb captures Ann, must have been a fabulous experience
MandyG 5 2 England
5 Nov 2012 7:47PM
Love the way the tiger's pose mimics the tree shape in v1. And the facial expression is gorgeous.
Top class as always Ann, geography is irrelevant. So much to look at in v4.
MandyG xx
User_Removed 5 4 1 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2012 8:04PM
Hi Ann, like all these lucky you to have seen and had the experiance to take in the wild. Bob SmileSmile
ValSaxby Plus
12 146 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2012 8:48PM
Amazing experience Ann and a wonderful set of images to go with it. Val
jasonrwl Plus
7 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2012 9:14PM
Fantastic set Ann - wonderful experience
Irishkate Plus
7 41 111 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2012 9:24PM
V1 is nicely composed with the curve of the tree echoed in the tiger's body.
Can't be easy getting sharp images from moveing vehicles.
BarbaraR 11 17 1 England
5 Nov 2012 9:27PM
Super, I especially like V1.

moiral 7 12 Scotland
5 Nov 2012 9:49PM
For some reason I can't seem to open V3. But like V1 and 2. Have to say I was somewhat taken aback when I opened V4. I have to agree with Dougie's sentiments here.
Unlike WHF, these animals are wild, and imho should not be subjected to such stress as this must cause.
This made me think of when I did a maternity placement during my training. In the labour suite, when a birth was imminent, someone would call out of the room, and all the students would converge to witness the birth. Not my favourite placement I must say TongueGrin.
Now I will come down off my soap box and say that what a priviledge to actually see them in the wild and a beautiful record of your visit.
gajewski Plus
13 10 9 United States
5 Nov 2012 9:51PM
All very impressive but the lighting and comp. in V1 are exquisite.
EAS 8 1 13 Scotland
5 Nov 2012 9:52PM
A very effective set with V1 being a special favourite for me. It's something about the curve of the tree root echoing the curve of the Tiger's body and tail that makes it so speical.

franken Plus
15 4.4k 4 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2012 10:19PM
They all work really well Ann.

mikbee 10 3 8 Scotland
5 Nov 2012 11:27PM
A fine set Ann.
Good to see them in the ''wild'',which is a bit better than in a zoo I think !!
fentiger 16 916 24 England
6 Nov 2012 3:05AM
A wonderful set of images.

CaroleS Plus
7 433 3 United Kingdom
6 Nov 2012 7:58AM
Very nice to see them walking free - we went out tiger hunting in Nepal but we were on elephants so numbers were very restricted. However we could go anywhere, through elephant grass and to watering holes. Only saw a recent paw print though!!!
Rock Plus
15 10 2 England
6 Nov 2012 8:33AM
Resting but still very attentive , all captured in a very good manner.

6 Nov 2012 11:47AM
v2 and 3 for me today fine caprures with excellent eye contact

ugly 9 9 57 United Kingdom
6 Nov 2012 1:16PM
A great set of Wild tiger images....
It shows we want them in our lives but we still want them dead if we do not like what they are doing...
A greatset of images..

Joline Plus
11 28 53 United States
6 Nov 2012 1:26PM
I have to agree with Moiral, it must be terribly stressful for the animals, but none the less, a fine opportunity for you to see them in the wild. They must be quite used to the safaris to be so placid. On the good side, it enhances the appreciation of these great beasts, and I would rather see them hunted with camera than a gun. Excellent shots.
PaulLiley 8 2 13 United Kingdom
6 Nov 2012 2:45PM
So peaceful. Great image. paul
Glostopcat 11 255 2 England
14 Nov 2012 6:57PM
What a privelege it must have been to see these magnificent beasts in the wild and in their natural habitat. The closest thing i get to seeing a dangerous beast is the Big O!WinkGrin
AnnChown Plus
7 202 1 United Kingdom
14 Nov 2012 8:54PM

Quote:What a privelege it must have been to see these magnificent beasts in the wild and in their natural habitat. The closest thing i get to seeing a dangerous beast is the Big O!WinkGrin


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