Ranthambore - A Wildlife Park in Rajastan

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Ranthambore is a large, well established wildlife park in Rajasthan. The area was the Jaipur Maharaja's hunting ground until India's independence, and includes an abandoned 10th century fort.

 

The 280 square kilometre park is crossed by dirt trails, used by our 'canter' safari jeeps, and which also provide comfortable tracks for the residents to get around... 

 

... This recent paw-print was huge, and a good clue to where we might find a big cat 

 

After some excited talk over the radio, our guide took our 'Canter' on a Duke-of-York style trek, before sighting was made 

 

 

 

All the tigers in the park are known to the guides. This is 'Krishna' (T19), daughter of legendary Machhali, and now with 3 cubs of her own (who we didn't see) 

 

She's been well trained in posing for tourists 

 

 

 

'Lunch'

The Sambar Deer are the tiger's favourite prey, but with their large ears they have excellent hearing 

 

 

 

That's a nasty wound in front of the eye, probably from a near miss 

 

 

 

Tigers are also partial to Spotted Deer, although they don't make such a big meal 

 

 

 

 

 

Although tigers occasionally prey on Blue Bull antelope (Nilgai), they are mostly too large and fast to fall victim 

 

 

 

Lakes and Waterholes

There are many lakes and waterholes around the park. Do you think you would be able to swim to this island?... 

 

... Probably not! This crocodile was photographed from the same spot as the shot above, and although freshwater crocodiles are not as large as their saltwater cousins, this one was at least 12 feet long 

 

This 'Snake Bird' is actually a type of fish-eating Cormorant, the name coming from its appearance not diet. Here it is sunning and preening its wet wings 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Langur Monkeys

Although just a light snack for a tiger, Langur Monkeys are not so quick when foraging away from the trees, and always on the lookout 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More Birds

The Indian Peacock has been introduced all over the world 

 

Peahens are much better camouflaged 

 

Rufous Magpies are as common in India as Eurasian Magpies are in the UK 

 

A sleepy Spotted Owl 

On to The Taj Mahal

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