Sharp at 3:00 pm, as the gates at Kisali opened for the long awaited evening safari, we rushed inside the famed jungles of Kanha. We were headed to the thick Saal forests to look for none other than a tiger, but before we could move even 100 meter, our nature guide nudged us to look towards our left. Keeping our fingers tight on camera, we looked that way to notice an Indian Roller bird sitting atop a stone. It was looking towards us, perhaps as a watchdog to the jungle or may be it was welcoming us at our first foray into fantastic and huge Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh. Though we were expecting to sight a tiger on priority, the beauty and welcoming gesture of the bird forced us to stop and shoot, pictures. We did that in following pics.
Though the hunt for tigers continued to dominate our quest and ears(jungle calls of sambhars and deer and langurs on sighting a tiger themselves are unmistakably audible and can shoot your adrenaline level at once), the birds of Kanha kept on attracting us and by their sheer beauty, forced us to pause our hunt for tigers and to give them attention and love they deserved. It was a great experience actually to see these lovely birds including our own national bird, peacock sitting atop a tree log.
We continued to enjoy these jungle beauties and though we sighted a tigress in the fourth day of our chase, these images have left me and my friends spell bound. Kanha is a truly a bird watcher’s paradise. Thanks Kanha.
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