The Rat-tled Snakes

 

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Rat Snakes in Combat | ISO 800, f8, Aperture Priority, Benro GH II mounted on a Manfrotto tripod

One evening when I stepped out for my usual rounds of the property (Forest Hills Farm and Guesthouse), I could hear something rustling within the fallen bamboo leaves towards one corner. As the combating duo made their way inwards, I followed them for an hour and a half witnessing this ritual from far and close quarters. One of the most difficult shoots too. There were very few moments when these two would actually stay still. This one picture was worth the wait.

 

Culmination of the food chain

Elephants, Tiger and a Peafowl | Mudumalai Tiger Reserve, Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu, India Canon 40D, Sigma 500 f4.5

Many a time we marvel at the beauty of a peacock dancing to the oncoming rains or appreciate the gentle giants frozen in their respective positions shielding their young or the mighty tiger basking in the sun after a good hunt and a full stomach… But all three at a time is a rare sight and I was lucky to witness the rarity.