26th December, 08 9:00 PM - MasinagudiThe whole day was very exciting. We started from
Pradeep, our third friend who has come in jungle first time was thrilled. The calls of the Peafowl were a welcome relief from the traffic sounds of
They started honking while passing our vehicle. We reached Theppakdu at around 10:30 am and started towards Masinagudi. Amit was very confident about the road and confidently took us in a wrong route. While coming back from the wrong route I spotted one raptor sitting idle on a high perch from corner of my eye near one small bend of a road. Immediately we took a mud road towards the tree and identified a Crested Serpent Eagle. After a whole night driving we all were tired, but seeing this magnificent bird we felt a charge inside us and with in moments we were ready with our camera, lens and tripod. After getting some decent shot of this bird we approached a little further and the bird was on alert pose. My 6th sense asked me to be prepared for a flight shot. I was clicking the bird continuously while it decided to leave the perch with its magnificent wing span.
Amit was not penalised for guiding us a wrong route.
We reached at
27th December, 2008 9:30 PM
Yesterday night a big herd of elephants came almost inside our resorts. The local people used crackers to chase them out. We heard the sound of crackers and breaking trees and bamboo shot till mid night. Today’s morning was very dull compared to yesterdays. We couldn’t see any bird activity near our resorts. We drove outside the resort and were roaming around the village in search of birds. Suddenly we heard a call of wood pecker. After searching we could notice a pair of Black Rumped Flameback, but they flew before we could take a record shot. We reached at a patch of small jungle in search of birds. Suddenly we noticed one Red Jungle Fowl, but it too vanished with in second before we took our camera. We started exploring the jungle by walk. Now the Barbets have started their conference and it seemed we were in a world of Barbet. After walking around 10 minutes inside the jungle we spotted one Brown Fish Owl. It spotted us before we spotted it and flew to another branch. We were behind this and it started playing hide-and-seek with us. We didn’t notice we came quite inside of the jungle behind this Fish Owl. Suddenly one sound made us stop for a second. It was an alarm call of Sambar. And we noticed ourselves are deep in a jungle without any arms (read without our tripods) which can be a habitat of Leopard. With in a minute we heard the alarm call again and decided to come out of the jungle immediately. While we were coming back we heard the alarm call few more times. It took 15-20 minutes to come out in the open area from where we started. The morning has been gone with out any good image. While having lunch we were told that we would be sent to Madhumalai Jungle Safari. We were ready by 2 pm and that was our biggest mistake. Whoever is reading my write up my sincere request not to take this safari as Tamil Nadu Govt is only taking money from the tourist and providing none in respect to a Jungle Safari. They have some noisy buses packed up with tourist after waiting a long time in ticket counter queue. The bus just took a small route outside the main jungle and didn’t stop anywhere infront of the wildlife whatever we have seen like Cheetal, Peafowl. The bus only stopped infront of a group of Langur. The afternoon was also wasted waiting for the jungle safari and spending the worst time in jungle with polluted bus and noisy tourists. We had nothing except returning to the resort and take rest as the sun has already set and there was no light for photography.
28th December, 2008 10:00 PM
Today morning again we started roaming around our resorts in search of birds. We could find many numbers of Brahmany Starling, Jungle Myna, Coppersmith Barbets, Fantail, Ashy Drongo. The RW and RV Bulbuls were plentiful so were the sunbirds, Jungle Babbler and Mynas, Drongos and Spotted Doves. While we were returning back a Spotted Dove was having its morning bath infront of our resort. We had to leave from Masinagudi as our trip is over. So we started after having breakfast. While coming back we could spot Bar Headed Geese in a water tank near
It was a good small trip in the jungle, out of the city life. Though it was not a great trip from the photography perspective but we got our oxygen for the next three four months until another trip would be planned.
Our Team Was –
- Amit Mitra – IT Consultant, Logica CMG
- Pradeep Dey – Network Engineer, Accenture
- Neloy Banerjee – Senior Security Analyst, Accenture.