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A day to be remembered forever, 2016 is the year that I have joined in this beautiful group since then Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve was always on my bucket list. many attempts plan since then and nearly after two years, I got the chance to go. I don't want to stress more on the routes and other details as there are enough threads regarding the same. rather I would like to share my favourite photos that I have shot in my three days stay and safari and Pangdi and Madnapur gate. never the less I will share with you people some necessary information like stay, safari details, gates, and some knowledge of wildlife that I have gained. 

 

Started at 6:00 in the morning from Kompally and reached by 3:00 in the afternoon. remember that no one can help you with the routes. it's always better to contact someone at the resort and ask them to guide you in person. except Jio, no other sim card is going to work. I stayed at Mahua Tola Resorts, I can say that it is the best in the place. a  bit on the higher side, yet friendly staff, manager and good food. we were the only family the three days and never we felt insecure. Manager Shukla is a very nice person, he will come with us to the Safari and make it a very memorable and enjoyable one. 

 

Coming to the safari, it's always good to ask the resort people to book. because at the gate I have seen few facing some problems. if it's the resort people, its hassle free. this is personal opinion though. 

 

As people see, it's not so easy to spot a tiger. a tiger spotting depends on our luck. a tiger mainly sits just beside or few meters away from us inside the forest, yet not visible most of the time. it's just because of the bamboo trees. Tadoba is full of bamboo trees and that makes it very difficult to spot one even if it near us. you will be tempted by the pugmarks, but not always you'll see a tiger. I was really lucky to spot Tigress Junabai with her cubs on my last day safari with the resort manager Shukla at Madhapur gate. Ultimate sightings I can say. It is my father who spotted her while she was resting under a tree shade few meters away from us covered with bamboo trees. 

 

I'm not a pro, yet telling my experience with the camera focusing modes and how I got a perfect focus mode settings by experimenting and with the knowledge I have on focus modes which I have learnt studying few books, articles and discussing it in our WhatsApp group. 

 

The device, Sony Alpha A6000 with 55-210mm zoom lens. manual mode, shutter speed around 1/500 and above, ISO range 4000 (thanks to my cameras high ISO range ie, 25600), Aperture F:6.3

 

Focus Mode: Auto, Focus Area: Wide, Metering Mode: Multi

 

This was the mode that I have shot at first only to get the defocused face of a tiger. Thought "this is over, I'm not going to get any more beautiful photos". thought of the focusing modes and settings I have learnt before and adjusted it again to try my luck. 

 

Focus Mode: Auto, Focus Area: Centre, Metering Mode: Spot

 

And then I got some amazing pictures. 

 

Used Auto Focus Continues while the subject was moving and I can say that this is the camera for super fast autofocus. never missed a detail while shooting with this in AF-C mode. 

You can check out the langur monkey and male spotted deer jumping. shot in AF-C mode with shutter sped around 1/1000 or above. couldn't get a zoomed one because of the lens. 

 

Here are the pictures. 

 

PS: I have written Neelghai female. but that's a male Sambar deer. 

 

Junabai with cubs 2 TATR.jpg

Junabai with cub tadoba TATR.jpg

Junabai With Cub 3 TATR.jpg

Langur 2 TATR.jpg

Junabai 6 TATR.jpg

Junabai cub 1 TATR.jpg

Junabai with cubs 2 TATR.jpg

Junabai with cub tadoba TATR.jpg

Junabai With Cub 3 TATR.jpg

Spotted deer drinking water TATR.jpg

Spotted deer group TATR.jpg

SK gypsy TATR.jpg

Forest wood collectors TATR.jpg

Male Spotted Deer TATR.jpg

Male Spotted Deer Jumping TATR.jpg

Junabai 1 TATR (2)_edited.jpg

Junabai side walk TATR.jpg

Surise at MAdnapur TATR_edited.jpg

Junabai @ TATR.jpg

Sunset at TATR water body.jpg

Female Neelgai TATR_edited.jpg

Neelgai Female TATR.jpg

Gaur TATR.jpg

SK TATR.jpg

Female Spotted Deer TATR.jpg

Children at Pangdi TATR.jpg

Langur TATR.jpg

Brahmini Starling TATR.jpg

Bullockart at TATR.jpg

Blue Jay TATR.jpg

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