We were at the sanctuary much before the gates opened at 6. The end October sunrise was in itself a reward.
The Reserve, located in the Vindhyachals had a thick cover of Teak & tawny grassland. And the Karnavati/ Ken flowed through it plunging over gorges of limestone & granite, in ever changing shades of pink & grey.
This, at the Raneh Falls which has a dormant volcano next door.
Panna had a count of 28 tigers. We were lucky to spot a family; tigress & cubs frolicking together while the male went out for the kill.
Leopard & spotted deer were also sighted.
And the call of the Sambar in the wild!
Find him silhouetted ‘midst the foliage – Do you spot him?
The crocodile inside the river – partially submerged & cleverly camouflaged between rocks – was barely visible above the water.
I got him none the less, as I did all the others, with Iphone 5C – distance ranging from a few yards to over 500 meters.
(Which will explain the hazy contours no doubt)