Yet another visit to Kabini, and even this time it was extremely fruitful. Though I didn't see any big cats, I came back quite satisfied with a lot of excellent sightings and some good experiences.
On one of the mornings we were on the regular safari trail where we found this Monitor Lizard sitting peacefully in a small pool of water. Since being cold blooded, the lizard had not warmed up and so was very docile except for the movement of the eyes. We took our chance and manage to get some good photos before it got active and walked away.
In the evening, I decided to head out on the motor boat and try my luck. Our boat driver told us about the Shaheen Falcon and the Osprey that were sighted frequently these days. He even gave us a guarantee that we we WILL get to see the Shaheen falcon. The Osprey was very shy and flew away from quite a distance, but not before I managed a few images. The shaheen falcon though obliged us for a longer time and was able to make "good" images even in some poor lighting conditions.
My record of sighting big cats at every visit to Kabini was broken this time, but I was not too bothered with that small detail as I had got my money's worth in this trip with the osprey and the shaheen falcon.
I managed to make some images of the wild boar and the wild dogs that we frequently saw whenever we were out in the jungle. I especially like the pan effect here because these guys don't sit still and often run away at the first hint of disturbance. So this is how you see them quite often in the jungle.
The wild dogs were extremely playful and didn't have any such issues posing for us and we clicked away to our heart's content.
As I have always said, I am in love with Kabini. Regardless of whether I see any of the big cats or not, this is one place I will always keep visiting.