Naturalist, photographer & big cat specialist. I run wildlife lodges in India & Africa. Currently on a project filming for Nat Geo WILD.
Many many moons ago, one of the first tigers I ever tracked sat beside a little rivulet. She had two little cubs, a male and a female and little did I know they would both change my life forever. The male grew to be one of the most iconic tigers this jungle had ever seen. Euco, also known as the backwater Male, was a phenomenon. It’s been four years since his passing and the forest is still searching for balance. The female, a carbon copy of him, grew to be the epitome of beauty. She holds the territory her mother once did of an area called Balle. I’ve seen many tigers ghost through this forest but none as deftly as Bella. Her movement reminds me of the forming of rain clouds that slowly yet inevitably brought change. We knew the rain was imminent, but its patterns were unpredictable. Bella’s incalculable ways made her a nightmare to track, but it was this unpredictability that led to her success, making her one of the most skilful hunters of our time. Together we hold memories that run as deep as the roots of the old banyan that she often resides under. I’ve tracked her for nearly a decade now and she is undoubtedly my most favourite tigress. .
None of this was ever about photography, it’s about love, life and history. .
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In the jungle, who is the bravest of them all? Is it the regal tiger, nonchalant in his manner, or the ever adaptive leopard, forever fearless in his ever changing world? Neither, for the Indian Dhole (wild dog), unperturbed in the midst of chaos, was the true king. These are the most intelligent and ruthless animals the jungle has to offer and on a warm afternoon, we watched a pack of dholes torment a herd of elephants. This image to me portrays their unruffled nature best as their focus lay on a herd of deer rather than the raging giants. .
On assignment for @natgeowild
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