Joy Is ……..(No.7)

Breaking my tiger jinx…and HOW!

From zero sightings in over twenty five years of forest visits (including several with a forest officer father-in-law) to five in under 48 hours last weekend!
Nagarhole Tiger Reserve - Karnataka, India
All thanks to the stellar tracking skills of our young naturalist, Mithun Hunugund, who seemed to be able to preempt the movements of every one of those tigers! Mithun, also the son of a forest officer and currently working part time at the Bison Kabini Wildlife Resort, is due to appear for his IAS (Indian Administrative Service) exams shortly. I wish him all success, and hope that his passion and commitment will see him rise high in the ministry of environment & forests.

A rickety government safari vehicle with eleven excited first time tiger spotters, demanded far more experience and camera skills – and lenses – than I possess. I was hoping to use Mithun’s professional images for this post, but I couldn’t wait to share the joy.
Tiger at waterhole - Nagarhole Reserve
Tiger - Nagarhole Reserve

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Madhu is an Interior designer turned travel blogger on a long sabbatical to explore the world. When not crafting stories on The Urge To Wander, she's probably Tweeting @theurgetowander or sharing special moments on

131 thoughts on “Joy Is ……..(No.7)

  1. Oh my word! Madhu, these are absolutely amazing shots and the second one is my top favourite! I just love and adore tigers! What a treat that must have been! Thanks for sharing this beauty. 😀 ♥

      1. I know the feeling Madhu and I am glad you could share these beauties with us. 😀 ♥

    1. Thank you Bronwyn. I would have been happy with that one sighting. Four more were an unexpected bonus 🙂

  2. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!!!! Ever since I got to pet some tigers in Thailand, they have become my favorite animal. They are absolutely gorgeous — especially in the wild. Nice shots!

    1. They certainly are Julann! And this particular forest seem to be particularly rich with sightings since the past few months.

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