Ahead of International Tiger Day (July 29), wildlife photographers recall their best captured memories.

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Pictures | Massoud Hussain

Close-up of the magnificent tiger, an endangered animal, reminds us why its royalty has rightfully been named our national animal. Before international tiger day (July 29), we talk to wildlife photographers around town who share real, raw moments of capturing the beast in all its glory.

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Pariksheet Devulapalli had several adventurous moments including one night safari in the forests. His most recent captures were during a trip to Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh in May and another to Tadoba in June 2022. He tells CE: “The latter was memorable where we captured three bear cubs playing in the water for at least a few hours, while their mother was away, but the last sighting of the late Collarwali for an hour with her cubs was one of the memorable snaps.

hide and seek
Anjani Singamaneni, another wildlife photographer, says he never tires of capturing a tiger despite the fact for almost a decade now. “That 4-5 minutes always gets me excited with that adrenal rush. I’ve been watching tigers for 16 years now and capturing them for about 8 years, I would have clicked 50-70 tigers with my lens,” he says in adding that the jungle speaks when a tiger is around. Anjani is known for his camera trapping where he has to anticipate the location and the lighting. His recent capture was in the Nagarjun Sagar Srisilam Tiger Reserve, the largest in the world. country and exhibit his photos at a Tiger Day exhibition in Kurnool.

The curious cat
Well-known wildlife photographer Masood Hussain says the whole process of getting a good photo of a tiger itself is a big deal. “It’s not just the shooting – it’s the planning of the trip, the trip and even tracking the tiger – which is the most fun. We have to analyze the scene and predict where the tiger, check the lighting conditions, the path he is taking, etc., leaving no room for error, as he will not pose for you. You must make the most of what is available and be prepared The most important challenge is to put him at ease because we interfere in his space, it is the house of the tiger where we are invited.

It must be done without disturbing them, while following the rules of the jungle. We have to stay true to our vehicle and not put our feet on the ground, so even our movements are very restricted,” he explains. Masood recalls being near a tiger in Tadoba-Andhari National Park, Maharashtra, when the big cat walked towards the vehicle and had to back up because the rules forbid get too close. He continues: “The vehicle wouldn’t start and I had to ask the driver to stop because the roar of the engine could disturb the tiger. She circled our vehicle several times, sat down curiously, and left. This photo of her that I took from 5 meters away will always be close to my heart.

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