The King of Tadoba: Wagdoh Male The largest male tiger in India
The Royal Bengal Tiger is the apex predator and top of food chain in Indian Jungles and top on the list of subjects to be clicked for any wildlife photographer worth his salt. I am not very different, and though I have clicked the most handsome of the wild cats many times each experience is a unique one. Every time I visit a Tiger park I go through excitement as well as depression simultaneously. Excitement as I look forward to click the king of Indian Jungles, and depression as everybody around me is carrying lenses long enough to be used to click pictures of Chandra Yaan on its way to mars, while I join with my puny 300 mm lens. Anyways this post is not about photography gear but about my experience of watching Wagdoh male, arguably the largest male tiger in India, ruling the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve in Maharashtra.
This particular trip to Tadoba was full of sightings of Telia Tiger cubs, and we saw them in every safari we took. In one of the safaris the jeep in front of us stopped suddenly and the driver pointed to the 2-year-old female cub blissfully playing with a stick next to some bushes.
We clicked her at a short distance while she oblivious to the attention she was getting continued with her innocent play. Then we heard some grunts form the bushes behind her and the cub vanished behind them, probably her mother was hiding in the bushes and called her back. Next visit we saw the mother and cubs again from a short distance and the cub entered the waters to cool down in the April heat while the mother lurked from the bushes behind her.
All this while I was longing to see the ruler of this kingdom, the Wagdoh male who is considered the largest male tiger in India. Though I wonder who would have dared to go and measure his size or of other tigers to compare them ? When I enquired with Mangesh our guide for all the safaris, if we will get a chance to see the Wagdhoh male he simply said, “Sir, he is the king of this jungle he holds durbar only once in a week, so you can see him only if he wants you to see him”. On further query we learned that the elusive king was last seen almost 8 days ago, so we had a good chance to see him..
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You are so lucky to see this royal creature. I had no luck yet in any safari. The cub is so gorgeous and you saw it involved in such interesting activities.
Yes, it was pure luck to see him from such close range… 🙂
Such a brilliant capture, so glad you could spot a cub! Truly, a royal experience from the jungles.
Such a wonderful creature…Amazing picture! Kudos 🙂
Truly..it looks like handsome cub.
It seems you had superb adventurous experience in TATR.
It is really an adventurous experience to be in an open Jeep inside the area of the tiger, though we could not see one, but I was afraid coz of my little kid with me
Actually jungles are safer for us compared to cities… 🙂
Nice pic. Tiger looks amazing. Thanks for the info.
looks like it is waiting for you 😉
🙂 lucky me 🙂
I so identify with the 300 lens part. Otherwise I have rarely seen a tiger, twice to be precise once in Pench and once in Ranthambore. And here you are, looks like it rains tigers when you go on a safari!
Yes, if there is something called Tiger Luck that I have been blessed with it 🙂
What a gorgeous creature.
We were in Bhadra Tiger Reserve recently and didn’t get to see the big cat. 🙁 But it was a cool drive. 🙂
Well you need Royal luck to spot the Royalty of the Jungles.. 🙂
Wow! Lucky! You got wonderful frames. 🙂