Getting shots of Tigers in their natural habitat is getting trickier every year, and to be able to do so requires that we remain very up to date with the best tiger reserves and the best routes within those reserves. Time of year also makes a big difference, and we modify our routes depending on the season to maximize your chances.
Reserves such as Bandhavgarh and Kanha are better than Ranthambore or Kaziranga during the winter months, but Ranthambore comes into its own between late winter and early spring. Reserves such as Kabini are slightly harder for Tiger photography, but offer unparalleled chances to photograph Leopard and Dhole, while Kaziranga has Indian Rhinoceros, Asian Elephant, and Sloth Bear as well as Tiger.
By adapting to changing situations and being aware of the best routes for the type of photography you enjoy, Tropical Birding can tailor the ultimate custom trip for you and your family or friends; we can maximize your chances for that “mega shot”.
As every trip will be different, we do not list specific itineraries on this page. Please email or call us (ask for Iain or Desireé) to find out what we can offer.
PHOTO PHILOSOPHY: These trips are generally vehicle based. The vehicles are open, but pretty small and so there is limited space for tripods and other gear other than main lenses and bodies. There are excellent chances to photograph birds, mammals, and landscapes. We may undertake a little walking outside the parks for opportunistic pictures of birds and small mammals. However when inside the national parks we will be mostly restricted to the vehicle, which is open but quite small. We’ll be seeking out big mammals from our vehicle.
GEAR: Long lenses are useful in the wide open spaces of India, where subjects like birds are often found quite far away. On the other hand, the tame nature of ‘Incredible India’ means we will be close to many subjects, particularly large mammals. So an intermediate lens or a flexible combination of lenses and bodies is best. Light is abundant, and we don’t do a lot of night photography, so a flash is not essential. A tripod will be occasionally useful, but far from essential. Bean bags and other such ways of stabilizing lenses inside of a vehicle are recommended.