The Call Of The Wild

I had signed off my previous post with the resolve to be back in Gir for a rendezvous with the Asiatic lion. So when I had a chance to visit Gir a couple of weeks back, I jumped on the opportunity. The forest looked pretty much the same except for the fact it was quite hot. But I am happy to report that the trip was not in vain. I was able to spot two of the last remaining 411 wild asiatic lions in the world. It was an amazing experience. With these sightings, I have now seen two of India’s biggest cats in their natural habitat. The leopard and the snow leopard still elude me. Hopefully, they will also oblige me someday.
So without much further ado, behold the jungle of Gir and its residents in all their glory:

 

The tented accommodation where we spent the night amidst lions calling in the distance

The tented accommodation where we spent the night amidst lions calling in the distance

 

An inquisitive Sambhar deer took a pause from eating the bark of the leafless trees

An inquisitive Sambhar deer took a pause from eating the bark of the leafless trees

 

Her Highness!

Her Highness!

 

That little orange bird is a young flycatcher. Adults are white

That little orange bird is a young flycatcher. Adults are white

 

A peacock!

A peacock!

 

A spotted deer stag posing for us!

A spotted deer stag posing for us!

 

Her walk had a nonchalance that only the fearless can have

Her walk had a nonchalance that only the fearless can have

 

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