Exploring Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary, Maharashtra by Vinod Goel

During my posting as Commissioner of Central Excise & Customs at Raipur , capital of State of Chhatisgarh , in the initial years (from 2002 to 2008) ,there was no train on Sunday from Delhi which could take you to Raipur in the morning of Monday and you could attend office. The train was up to Nagpur and one had to travel by road to reach Raipur. During one such journey while I was crossing Sakoli ,a small town in the midway ,I observed a sign board giving information of the wildlife sanctuary at Nagzira. My driver had no knowledge about it. Even at Raipur no forester could any clue about Nagzira Wildlife destination. Then from an article in a wildlife magazine got some information about a tigress having cubs. My desire to see the sanctuary arose.

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That was the reason for my first visit in May 2005 even after knowing about the inhospitable living conditions in the park. But in reality what I observed during those 4 safaris I have never seen till date.

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I was a regular visitor to Nagzira from the 2005 to March 2010. In the first week of March 2010 we were fortunate to observe a sloth bear climbing a tree for getting his sweet diet of honey comb. On the very same day we also observed a tigress with a cub very near to the prime Forest Guest House Nilay (on the banks of the lake) . This was my first sighting of a cub of 4 to 5 months with the tigress. How can I forget the biggest tiger of my life who was

JAY’s father I observed in my first visit to this sanctuary in May 2005.

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In one of the earlier visits we were fortunate to observe a Changeable Hawk Eagle cooling off in a water hole during a hot day during summer. This shot is on the walls of the WWF India Head Quarters at Lodhi Road ,New Delhi.

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Many nature lovers may not be aware of the fact that there are only two tiger reserves in the country where Forest rest house are located in the core area and tourist can avail of the facility. Many hard core nature lovers know about Dhikala in Corbett National Park. But what about Nagzira. This is the second. It is the forest of my dreams. It has delivered many many first to me .

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The Sanctuary Asia came out with a book namely “The Tadoba Inheritance “in the year 2015. One of my image from Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary adorns the very first page of the Chapter 1 of the book. The langur monkey as sitting like a king on the anthill.

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Please enjoy the wild experience through unique images taken over a period of almost initial 6 years into wildlife .

About the Author

A retired civil servant by profession but a True wildlifer at Heart . Sh Vinod Goel started his journey from the tender age of 11 years, he left his home and parents for schooling in a hostel. Later on as a Civil Servant his job took him to various parts of the country of India. His very first visit to Kanha National Park in Central India in April 2004 ignited the passion for wildlife and has not digressed from that.

During the last 13 years he had been to more than 50 to 60 National parks and wildlife sanctuaries. Initially he visited the wildlife sanctuaries in the States of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttarakhand. He had been to all the National Parks of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar and West Bengal. Out of 50 tiger reserves in the country he has been to more than 20 tiger reserves and photographed tigers in 12 of them. Apart from tigers he has captured unbelievable moments in the wild.

Sh Vinod Goel is widely known in the wildlife community   and his work has been acclaimed globally. In his free time he can be seen capturing the unusual moments of denizens of the wild in various parks and sanctuaries of India. His daughter Nitya Goel Aggarwal and son Bharat Goel are with him in his mission.

You can also visit his page on facebook

https://www.facebook.com/wildlifephotographyindia/

“Spectacled Cobra in Delhi—-Live or Dead

I happen to observe and shoot Spectacled Cobra snake in the heart of Delhi for the first time on 25th June 2013. Many people did not believe me but on seeing the image they agreed.

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Once again on the Shivratri day on 25th July 2014 ,I again had darshan of the same in the early morning.

Last week I was in Rajaji National Park at Haridwar and many tourists except me observed a King Cobra feeding on a monitor lizard in the early morning of 8th June 2017. It was one of the rarest moment of natural history as King Cobra feeds mainly on snakes including cobra. That is why it is called King Cobra.

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In the morning of 10th June 2017 at Delhi , on observing the movement of connon mynas hovering around a patch of grass , I could visualise the movement of some reptile in the undergrowth. After waiting for some time I was rewarded for my patience. I observed a Spectacled Cobra in Delhi and I could some pictures.

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However exactly a week later on 17th June I initially observed a certain patch devoid of grass as the same was removed by workers . But later on, i was shocked to see a dead Spectacled Cobra on the road. Its condition revealed that it was cut into two pieces by a cutter. Inquiry from the daily wagers after about half an hour on their arrival on duty for the day revealed that the incidence took place at about 1500 hrs of the previous day as the snake was killed by the workers involved in cleaning the undergrowth from the ground .

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I took some shots of the dead snake. I found innocence in his eyes .
To me it appeared as if asking — Can someone tell my fault ?

Did I harm any body ?

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I was in my natural habitat and my home.

We are important in the food chain and should not be killed simply because people fear thinking all the snakes to be poisonous.
Please spare my community for God’s sake. We are your benefactors and not your enemies as we feed on other snakes , birds ,bird eggs ,frogs and mammals.”

About the Author

A retired civil servant by profession but a True wildlifer at Heart . Sh Vinod Goel started his journey from the tender age of 11 years, he left his home and parents for schooling in a hostel. Later on as a Civil Servant his job took him to various parts of the country of India. His very first visit to Kanha National Park in Central India in April 2004 ignited the passion for wildlife and has not digressed from that.

During the last 13 years he had been to more than 50 to 60 National parks and wildlife sanctuaries. Initially he visited the wildlife sanctuaries in the States of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttarakhand. He had been to all the National Parks of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar and West Bengal. Out of 50 tiger reserves in the country he has been to more than 20 tiger reserves and photographed tigers in 12 of them. Apart from tigers he has captured unbelievable moments in the wild.

Sh Vinod Goel is widely known in the wildlife community and his work has been acclaimed globally. In his free time he can be seen capturing the unusual moments of denizens of the wild in various parks and sanctuaries of India. His daughter Nitya Goel Aggarwal and son Bharat Goel are with him in his mission.

You can also visit his page on facebook
https://www.facebook.com/wildlifephotographyindia/

Meet the Real people from the world of Photography

We are featuring people who are hobbyist or professionals photographers and we think they are worth sharing of Delhi Photography Club Fan page .

The selection is purely at the Discretion of Founders and owners of Delhi Photography Club.

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JINEESH MALLISHERY     | WILDLIFE Photographer  |  Founder Wildlife Action Photography

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How you started your photography ?

When I was 15 yrs old I got my first Canon Point & Shoot camera, which got me involved in photography, I just loved Camera which always fascinated me, Where ever I go I take my camera along .  I love everything about Nature, landscape, animals, everything wild, thats how I love to capture anything in wild.

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What is the role of new technology and medium in photography?

New Technology has changed the way we photograph, Photography technology has changed so radically that we need to talk about it differently, think of it differently and use it differently.

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Anything specific that you want to share with people?

My advice would be to identify your style of photography and shoot to perfect. Be passionate, patience and be in love with the Mother Nature.

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What gives you motivation to go out and click despite having busy schedules?

Nature itself is a motivation, spending time with camera viewfinder and being in Wild Motivates me

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About JINEESH MALSHERY  : I was born and brought up in Bangalore. I studied at Bangalore Military School and from day One of my school education I was taught survival instincts . This led me to develop this as  hobby and soon the hobby changed into passion. As a Wildlife Photographer I don’t really have one specific photographic style as I continuously experiment with different styles in various scenarios but my favourite is wildlife in Action. I love to capture those beautiful actions in wild as a wildlife photographer. My aim is to capture unique, powerful and striking images

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“BAHUT PYAR KARTE HAI TUMKO SANAM……. KASAM CHAHE LELO KHUDA KI KASAM”

Rarest encounter with Tigress (Parwali known as Queen of Dhikala) till date. — on 31st May 2017

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In the early morning I was dazzled to see the colors in front of me as soon as I came out of my hutment into the compound . There was some magic in the atmosphere which asked me to be ready in time.

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At right time we moved for the game drive .On the Sambar road we observed 3 elephants who had just entered the waters of the Ramganga river . The bright sun rays were falling on the waters .I had a wishful thinking how nice it would be if the elephants crosses the sun glowed water in the river. Slowly they moved as desired and it was a great moment to see elephants crossing the golden waters.

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On the other side of the river while waiting at the high point looking into the river and the grass, we observed a herd of spotted deer was on a stroll on the river bed. They became very attentive and changed their path .My guide on asking told that the deer must have smell of the tiger, hence the route has been changed.

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After a few minutes while we were on round in search of the tigress ,one of the guide in the other vehicle informed about the call. We decided to move to our old position on the bank . In the mean time Nitya, my daughter heard a monkey call. This confirmed the movement of the tigress as her pugmarks were noticed in the lower region about 30 minutes earlier. Then we noticed the tigress moving in the riverbed at about 300 to 400 meters from us.

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Based on the above movement all vehicles were coming to the Bhang vegetation. As the tigress was just to climb the area in front of her was a vehicle. Then tigress just changed her position. My driver also changed his position to the likely path of the tigress and for allowing me to have a descent shot. From my position I could have some head on shots. After crossing the bhang area the tigress came to the safari path. Now the tigress was between two vehicles and I was leading as it was coming towards my vehicle. In such a situation any wildlife photographer always gives space to the animal in between. Then what I found was the vehicle in my front did not move and the tigress was coming towards my vehicle. She almost touched the vehicle and I was looking into her eyes from the back of my gypsy. Not finding any space to move she turned back and again no space. She left the main route and melted into the bhang vegetation and disappeared for some time. We all were wondering where she had vanished and where she would be.

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After 11 minutes we could see her moving in the grassland at about a km away from us. We also observed 2 sambar running for their life on seeing the predator. We then moved to the Sambar road to locate her but could not.

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While we were reviewing the shots taken from various cameras and mobile it was gathered that while the tigress was moving in the thick bhang vegetation there was a male tiger too. In fact no body noticed his presence during a span of about 4 minutes. As I was having 100-400mm zoom lens and my concentration was on the tigress itself and the movement being fast ,no body ( about 10 vehicles ) including me noticed the presence of a big male.. My sister in law just clicked a few shots from her mobile phone on seeing the tigress from the front seat in the gypsy. She too was surprised to see two tigers on the screen .She just clicked and she got the jack pot. What a great luck.

Later on it was gathered that the male in question is very shy and rarely seen by the visitors.

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I have been coming to this park from the year 2005 and this was the closest encounter with the big cat where I was seeing in her eyes just 2 meters away from me. Secondly although there were more than 10 vehicles following the tigress but no body observed the presence of a male tiger. Another wonder.

In fact we observed the tigress from a close distance for full 4 minutes. But I am still not able to comprehend the non visibility of a huge male in the green vegetation.

Finally the look of the tigress so close reminded of the lovely song “BAHUT PYAR KARTE HAI TUMKO SANAM……. KASAM CHAHE LELO KHUDA KI KASAM”

About the Author

A retired civil servant by profession but a True wildlifer at Heart . Sh Vinod Goel started his journey from the tender age of 11 years, he left his home and parents for schooling in a hostel. Later on as a Civil Servant his job took him to various parts of the country of India. His very first visit to Kanha National Park in Central India in April 2004 ignited the passion for wildlife and has not digressed from that.

During the last 13 years he had been to more than 50 to 60 National parks and wildlife sanctuaries. Initially he visited the wildlife sanctuaries in the States of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttarakhand. He had been to all the National Parks of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar and West Bengal. Out of 50 tiger reserves in the country he has been to more than 20 tiger reserves and photographed tigers in 12 of them. Apart from tigers he has captured unbelievable moments in the wild.

Sh Vinod Goel is widely known in the wildlife community   and his work has been acclaimed globally. In his free time he can be seen capturing the unusual moments of denizens of the wild in various parks and sanctuaries of India. His daughter Nitya Goel Aggarwal and son Bharat Goel are with him in his mission.

You can also visit his page on facebook

https://www.facebook.com/wildlifephotographyindia/

Change of Regime at — Ranthambore Tiger Reserve

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For the last so many years the air in the Prime Zone no 3 of the Ranthambore jungle was full of the stories of the legends such as Machhali ( T- 16 )and her daughters namely Sundari (T- 17 ), Krishna ( T- 19 ), Ustad (T- 24 ) and Star male (T- 28)
Nature lovers who had been venturing into the park still search for them as they are not able to come out of old memories as they are still live in their mind and soul.

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The Queen of the lake Machhali left this park on 18th August 2016 to the heavenly abode but she has left a big legacy in terms of her many off springs. She ruled the prime area around lakes for a number of years and she taught her off springs how to kill a crocodile. At present the lake area is controlled by her grand daughter Arrowhead T- 85 (daughter of Krishna T- 19 from the second litter ). My son Bharat Goel could take some good pictures on 12th of May as he was allotted the zone no 3 and the tigress had passed very close to the vehicle. Another female is her sister namely lightening T 83 .

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T 24 the male tiger which ruled the zone no 2,3 and 4 and was one of the most visible tiger of the park not only to the visitors to the park but also to the general public who visited to have darshan of Trinetra Lord Ganesha at the top of the Ranthambore Fort. A number of times he was seen resting next to the main and only approach road going to the famous fort. Now Tiger T 57 has taken over the territory of Ustad. He is also the life partner of tigress Noor T 39.He is known for his aggression ,fearfullness and expansionist nature. One can say he is the most dominant male in the prime zone. At present Noor is having 3 cubs of about 8 to 9 months.

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For all practical purposes the dominant male who ruled over the most prime area of the RTR was star male T 28.Now he has been thrown out of his area by his son namely PACKMAN T 85 . We were lucky to observe his presence on the very first day of our visit on 10th May. He is the son of T 28 ( Star male ) and T 19(Krishna ).He was born in 2014 and seen in March of that year. He is from the lineage of the lady of the lake namely Machhali, the most photographed tigress in the world. We can say that he is the grandson of Machhali.

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I remember clearly that on 25th may 2009 we were fortunate to observe the courtship of T 19 and T 28 on the main route in the Nalghati. The image has left ever lasting impression on my heart and soul.

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Enjoy the present Kings and Queens of the Prime Zone which every tourist likes to visit.

About the Author

A retired civil servant by profession but a True wildlifer at Heart . Sh Vinod Goel started his journey from the tender age of 11 years, he left his home and parents for schooling in a hostel. Later on as a Civil Servant his job took him to various parts of the country of India. His very first visit to Kanha National Park in Central India in April 2004 ignited the passion for wildlife and has not digressed from that. During the last 13 years he had been to more than 50 to 60 National parks and wildlife sanctuaries. Initially he visited the wildlife sanctuaries in the States of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttarakhand. He had been to all the National Parks of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar and West Bengal. Out of 50 tiger reserves in the country he has been to more than 20 tiger reserves and photographed tigers in 12 of them. Apart from tigers he has captured unbelievable moments in the wild.

Sh Vinod Goel is widely known in the wildlife community   and his work has been acclaimed globally. In his free time he can be seen capturing the unusual moments of denizens of the wild in various parks and sanctuaries of India. His daughter Nitya Goel Aggarwal and son Bharat Goel are with him in his mission.

You can also visit his page on facebook

https://www.facebook.com/wildlifephotographyindia/