Tracking the big cat becomes more fun than sighting one. This is what Diinesh Kumble, one of the famous wildlife photographers from South India had to say when he accomplished his bucket list after witnessing a fresh pugmark of a tiger at Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve.
Diinesh captured this jaw-dropping photograph amid the dense forests with the lustrous sunshine making its presence. Just before you think what’s a big deal in clicking such incidents, we would like to give you a glimpse of the arduous work and the untold story behind such bucket lists. There is so much of patience poured in behind every wildlife photographs and an experience invested prior to the hard work.
Diinesh has been a wildlife wanderer more than a decade. However, tracking the wild cats in the dense jungles was one of his bucket lists. Recently at Tadoba, when he was on a jungle safari expedition, his photographic hunt for tigers fortunately diverted himself towards accomplishing his bucket list of tracking the wild cats.
The jeep driver had advised not to get down as there might be few predators waiting for a prey hiding in the thick forests. However, Diinesh was all ears to the forest’s songs and other animals who were busy in alerting danger and for this exact moment, he had to wait for days, months and even years.
He immediately told the driver to go ahead so he might find some tigers to click and after few minutes, he witnessed what he expected. The fresh pugmark of a male wildcat made its presence, he threw a smile to the driver and said, ‘See, those animals were right’ and he immediately grabbed his Sony and clicked the picture in no time.
Sometimes, on a jungle safari, it is better to learn the art of recognizing the tiger’s pugmarks over sighting a tiger – Diinesh Kumble