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The Wonders of Middle India

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#82
I believe they are both like all deer and lose their antlers early spring, and grow a completely new set every year.... getting bigger each time.
 

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#83
On our last trip we were very lucky to see this furry friend quite close.... she is a Golden Jackal. We saw her in Panna National Park, one of the prime wildlife places in the state of Madhya Pradesh, Middle India.
Again, note how well she blends in with the background....
Panna jackal 4.jpg
 
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GDB

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#85
Yes, Eleanor, it has just made me think that if one was able to visit these huge national parks during the wet season, say June to September, we would get much better contrast. Green vegetation and brown animals.
Unfortunately the parks are all closed during that time, but there is pressure for that to change. Of course the tour operators would benefit and so would the wildlife lodges, and all the forest authority staff. It is said that the parks are impenetrable during the wet season, and thus potentially dangerous. In practice this is nonsense, as for most of the time the main tracks are quite passable in most of the parks. The other argument from central government is that the animals need a rest from human intervention. Again, this is a shallow argument, as from much personal experience, we know that the animals thrive on visitors both directly and indirectly. Responsible tourism, which does prevail in India, keeps the tourists to the main designated roads and tracks which prevents conflict anyway, and the more time the tourists and forestry guides etc., are in there, the less time there is for poaching. I am afraid the Indian government are a little short sighted at times, which is a shame as they have done so much for the preservation of the Tiger and so many of the other threatened species.... including my jackal.
 
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GDB

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#86
Langur Monkeys are generally the most common, but this Rhesus Macaque is also present in most national parks in India. Here we caught him eating blossoms from The Flame of the Forest Tree in Panna National park, again fairly common in many parks...
Panna monkey 1.jpg
 

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#88
That's a great shot looking through the windscreen; they can be quite frightening when in a large pack.
This is one of my favourite shots with this smart one checking the plumbing.....
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#90
Thought it was about time for another tiger picture. This is my beautiful Kankati who is sadly no longer with us... she would be nearly 7 years old now; she was about 4 in this photo.....
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#92
This feathered friend is common in most parts of India...... please note his neck.... thus he is called the Woolly Necked Stork.
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#95
This time it is the Silver Backed Jackal ... he is on the hunt. This jackal is fairly common in most national parks in India. He is like a medium sized dog and not in the least overweight. This one appeared to be by himself but they often hunt in pairs.
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#97
Here is a rare sight..... it is a Great Egret chatting to a Cormorant. Although they are completely different in size, colour, etc, apparently they share the same language... the cormorant told the egret to drop to the lower branch as he hates being spoken down to....
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