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17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Phantom of the swamps

Made this image in Sunderbans.It is probably the toughest place in India to spot and shoot It is very difficult to spot tigers here.The thought of taking decent photographs will vanish from your mind.Also most of the images are not sharp due to continuous movement of the boat and relentless running of the boat engine.Made this image on gloomy afternoon during the monsoons. wanted to show the actual habitat,capture the mood of the mangrove along with its iconic resident. The forest here is absolutely different from any another tiger park in India.Here there are hardly any alarm calls of deers or monkeys. There is hardly any visibility in the thick undergrowth where this magnificent creature resides. There are no sweet waterholes where you know it might come down to drink water.At times in the other parks patrolling officers or forest outskirt dwellers might inform you about the or possible kill. Most importantly you enter inside the forest and have control over your vehicle.Here it’s a different ball game altogether. In short there are hardly any tell-tale signs of a tiger sighting. One needs to experience it to believe whatever is just mentioned above.It ultimately boils down to pug marks,assumptions,experience ( of good guides ) and plenty of good luck.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 09.2018
Date Uploaded: 10.2019
Photo Location: India
Camera: NIKON D5300
Copyright: © Shubhankar Dey