Ustad T24 - The Master!
Several sightings and images from this recent tour were taken of this superb cat - Ustad. At 250 kilos, or 551 pounds, he is massive.
8 jeeps were lined up for about 1.5 hours to witness his behavior. At the beginning, he was laying down on the dry leaves, yawning, stretching, and rolling over. Later, a drink in the small creek, some scent marking, and he privacy was granted as he quietly walked into the forest, out of sight.
It's easy for me to open up these files, and process the images. Maybe 2-3 minutes work. Much more difficult is the attempt to convey how spectacular this sight is to witness.
I have seen a lot since I started studying wildlife and nature... when I was 5., but nothing even slightly compares to the viewing of the incredible Royal Bengal Tiger. The experience is overwhelming!
This comes with a difficult set of challenges to overcome. Besides my fee, the trip to this location from Toronto is extensive! The flights are comfortable, but very long. We do sleep on the planes, to help make it through the journey.
Dust is an issue, these days the roads are dry, so when following another safari truck we do get some dust. The heat! +40-44 C was not all that bad. 12-15% humidity made the climate reasonably comfortable.
A miss! We do not see tigers on every game drive, but we do our best working with the awesome guides. Our 2 guides for this tour - Ajay and Ashoke did a wonderful job taking good care of us. Very good drivers too., as we must have one driver, and one forestry department guide in every vehicle.
Saving Grace? Even on a bad day in the forest, the wonderful hotel - Ranthambhore Regency was our home. We would trek back to this home base for a shower, awesome food, drinks, and a good rest. Beautiful clean rooms, privacy, peace and quiet. And we have excellent staff and services.
During the entire tour I am coaching our guests, during the drive, dinner, breakfast, rest time in the bar with post processing info, demonstrations, etc. I am there to help you any way I can.
We had good sighting of deer, antelope, monkeys, many birds, bear, besides the tigers, so all is good. I think we only had one slow day!
I do have another tour prepared for mid June, please let me know if you are interested!