19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World

The Nilgiri Biosphere, spread over 5,600 sqkm, is perhaps the best place in southern India to see some of the mega-fauna that epitomizes wild India. From elephants, sloth bears and gaur to tigers, leopards and wild dogs. And countless endemics that are still getting revealed by science. Despite having many fabulous protected areas - Mudumalai, Bandipur, Nagarhole, Wayanad et al spreading across the three states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka - the challenges of man - animal conflict remain omni-present. And my picture of this humongous tusker in a tea garden, made at dusk, tries to portray that aspect. The flock of birds flying over head provided me the 'decisive moment'. Trivia: Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and adjacent areas host one of the world's largest populations of the wild Asian elephant (Elephas maximus).

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Date Uploaded: 11.2021
Photo Location: Valparai, India
Camera: NIKON D5
Copyright: © Amartya Mukherjee