Since I felt very bad seeing practically every visitor to Kanha focusing exclusively on the tigers and not bothering about the other great sights there, my tiger pictures are going to be the last ones on this post....
Let me start with the BARASINGHA ("one with twelve horns")
or SWAMP DEER, of which there are the soft ground and hard ground varieties. Barasinghas are beautiful deer that can be found only in Kanha, and luckily, they are quite plentiful, and easily seen too. Equally luckily, they don't often stray too close to the road, and visitors have a good distance from them, and the yelling and shouting doesn't seem to disturb them...too much.
Here are a few shots of the Barasingha that I like.
"The Splash of Hooves":
"The Kiss":( Collapse )
And this was the first intimation we had of the presence of the tigress and her cubs. You can see the tracks of both the mother and her cubs...and the sad thing to note is, how many more jeep tracks there are, compared to the animals'....
"Our Tracks...and Theirs".....
We also saw the pugmarks of this male tiger, who was sighted, having made a kill near the road, but since we were allotted another route, we never did get to see him, as our route (MURPHY! MURPHY!) diverged from this area shortly before the road where the sighting had happened.
In fact, in south India, I call all tigers Communist-footed, because all I have seen here are....Tiger Pug-Marx!