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Pench National Park - Part II

A very exciting afternoon Safari


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After a lovely rest this lunchtime (apparently I missed a fabulous lunch by having a siesta instead of eating), I feel ready to take on more adventures on this afternoon's safari.

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The Gypsy arriving at the lodge for the afternoon safari. I love the misspelling of the word 'seat'.

We drive through a couple of villages to get to the park, with the usual daily activities

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Gaur
The first animals we see this afternoon are the gaur, AKA Indian bison, the world's biggest wild cow.

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Giant Wood Spider
These things are enormous! They measure about the size of your palm with even more gigantic webs. Every arachnophobe's worst nightmare.

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Pench is a pretty park, with some beautiful scenery and attractive features.

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Rose Ringed Parakeets

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Indian Grey Hornbill from underneath

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Hanuman Langur

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Indian Pond Heron

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Red Wattled Lapwing

Back at the same wetlands we visited this morning, we see some sambar deer lying down.

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And in the background a White Throated Kingfisher.

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Lilac Breasted Roller

Chital Chase

On our right we see a few spotted deer sprinting along at great speed, followed behind by a huge herd of them, all looking like they are running for their lives.

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They just keep on coming, more and more and more.

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Something must have really spooked them.

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Then we see the reason for their panic: a couple of wild dogs! How exciting!

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As the hounds close in on the chital, I begin to fear for this little girl's life – I really do think she is going to become dinner.

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But she gets away and joins her friend. Phew.

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The two dogs soon become seven as other dholes (Indian wild dogs) join the pack.

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Then a Golden jackal turns up.

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To be joined by two others.

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I am hoping for an angry stand-off with the Wild Dogs.

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But nothing happens unfortunately. The spotted deer survives for another day; and the dhole and jackal go hungry for a bit longer. We eventually and reluctantly move on.

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Hanuman Langurs
We arrive back at the wetlands area where we were before; and the light there now is fabulous.

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The shoreline is also full of langurs, drinking, preening and playing.

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We spend some time watching their antics

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As we are sitting on the only dry ground that leads from one side of the lake to the other, the langurs are having to jump across the water, providing us with a perfect photo opportunity.

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The little one doesn't quite make it all the way across.

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It's getting late, so we start to make our way towards the gate again, grabbing what wildlife sightings we can on the way.

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Indian Grey Hornbill

Tigger woz 'ere
Just like domestic cats, tigers like their scratching posts too – this one has been used by a male tiger fairly recently.

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Banyan Tree
This single tree, part of the fig family, began its life as an epiphyte (a plant that grows on another plant, where a seed has germinated in a crack or crevice its host). The Banyan Tree is the national tree of India.

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Keelback Water Snake
We see a dead snake in the road, all shrivelled up, and I lean out of the car to try and get a better picture of it, when it suddenly raises its head, hisses furiously at me and slithers off. OK then...

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What an exciting afternoon we've had, we the chase and then the backlit jumping langurs!

The moon
As we leave the park and drive back to the lodge, I notice the moon is very bright tonight. It is full moon in a couple of day's time, so that makes sense.

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Dinner
Tonight's dinner is interesting, unusual and probably best described as a little staccato. First we are served a plate with fish fingers, pappad pakora and chick pea patties.

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Then a soup, followed by a plate of sprouted beans.

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When the waiter brings out bowls of roast potatoes, we assume it is as an accompaniment to the main course. It is not; it's a course in its own right. Oh well, I like roast potatoes.

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By the time the main course of grilled chicken, vegetables and garlic rice arrives, I am full up!

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I do manage to make room for the delicious strawberry delight dessert though.

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We linger with a drink after dinner as we don't have an early start tomorrow. Stay tuned for the next instalment as we move on to Tadoba.

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Posted by Grete Howard 04:19 Archived in India Tagged national_park pench tiger_park pench_tree_lodge pench_tiger_park pench_national_park

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I loved seeing all the langurs and the beautiful light in the wetlands :)

by ToonSarah

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