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. Madhu what great pics! They are great shots and a reminder why these gorgeous creatures need to be saved! I saw a tiger in Ranthambore many moons ago and realise how lucky I was.. look forward to more.

    1. It was harder in between when numbers had dropped dangerously low. Hopefully the bar will only move up from here on. We are hooked, and look forward to more too 🙂

    1. ‘Breathless wonderment’ describes our feeling exactly Meredith! 🙂 The numbers are as thrilling as our first sighting. The South seems to have marked a larger spurt in numbers.

      Happy to see you here. Hope all is well down under 🙂

  2. Joy indeed! Ah, Madhu, I can just imagine your joy, especially after all those years of sighting-less excursions. I did hear one, once, in the night, when I was at Periyar – that throaty, adenoidal rattle – it woke me to a moment’s terror till I remembered I was safely in the lodge. And I’ll never forget my sense of breathless wonderment when I at last came across a leopard in its environment. Even the elephants we came across a little later were a bit of an anti-climax after that! 🙂

    1. Thanks Frank. We were positioned right to watch her amble down from her perch on the hillock (in the first shot) to the water hole!

  3. What an exciting job your father in law has. The sub-continent has such an abundance of wildlife species and its a happy experience to live in one of the huts over night and hear the sounds of the wild, and to see it in action during the day. Tigers are usually quite private so its a privilege to see them.

    1. My father in law is long retired at 93 Ian. R remembers great times with him in the wild. Strange that R hadn’t seen a tiger either in all those years of camping in forests!

  4. What a beautiful animal … !!!! You captured him in a way that makes him look like he’s hiding in his safe place. He has no problem showcasing those wonderful eyes. GREAT PHOTO !!!!! : )

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