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Travel Wildlife Bandipur

Grey Francolin

This was our first sighting of wildlife as we reached our camping site at JLR, Bandipur. A couple of these birds were feeding on grain on the roadside. Francolins are shy by nature and this was the only decent shot I could make. They became alert as I stopped the car slowly and, before I could make a second shot, they hid in the bushes.

A wild safari in Bandipur

Bandipur, one of India’s finest tiger reserves, offers much to the discerning wildlife enthusiast. If you keep your senses on high alert and your camera at the ready, many are the precious opportunities that will come your way. Bandipur is about 80 km from Mysore (about 230 km from Bangalore). Accommodation is available at the forest guest houses inside the park as well as at the government-run Jungle Lodges and Resorts hotel just outside the park gates.

Rajani Chand is a Bangalore-based nature lover and wildlife photographer. He started with a Canon Fixed Focus Film Compact in his school days, slowly moved to Sony DSC-P100 when Digital Photography started making an impact, and then upgraded to Sony DSC-H1. His first DSLR was Nikon D-40x. He now uses a Nikon D-300S, one of the most robust Nikon cameras used in wildlife photography. Discover his work on Flickr and Facebook