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Kabini - March 2017

Another family visit to Kabini River Lodge. Three nights. Six Safaries. Costs have gone up!

Three Tigers and Two Leopards!

March 6th, 2017, we drove to Kabini. We drove back on March 9th. Hot weather with one rain. Forest was quite dry and the water in the "Kabini River" was quite low. Main tiger action was around "Tiger Tank" in Zone A.

A very rare sighting for me - Mouse Deer!

Bright Yellow "Cassia fistula" flowers bloom in a dry forest!
Langurs feed their babies until they are quite well grown!

6th March, Evening. We heard alarm calls of Sambar and Spotted Deer and finally spotted this Leopard near Bisalwadi!
Not a single Langur (plenty of them around) made any call!! Strange.
When a Deer senses a Tiger or Leopard, it stands still, alert with its tail up, stamps its front legs and gives a loud call!


When we hear these calls that are quite loud, we rush to the area where the calls come from and many times spot a Tiger or Leopard! This short video gives a feel of the forest when a Leopard or Tiger is around....

The Sambar, Spotted Deer, Barking Deer, Hanuman Langur, Bonnet Macaque and the Peacock are the main animals that give alarm calls when they sense a Leopard or Tiger!


Many times the "Peacock" gives a loud "Trumpet" when it sights a Tiger!
Sambar calls are also very important when tracking a Tiger in the Indian Jungle...
Elephants enjoy the water at "Tiger Tank" on a hot day!
8th March, Evening. Another Leopard Spotted!

Finally our first Tiger at "Tiger Tank" on 8th March, evening!

9th March, Morning. This Tiger must have heard us approaching and quickly disappears...
9th March, Morning. This Tiger crossed the "Power Line" and quickly disappeared...

One couple joined us on the 7th afternoon and left on the 8th afternoon after two safaries. They did not see any cats... That happens!

Vijay Cavale
Bangalore.