A disappointing afternoon
04.11.2017 - 04.11.2017
After this morning's exciting tiger sighting, we head into the park with great expectations.
Getting tickets at the park gate
We do see a Ruddy Mongoose as it disappears behind the trees.
Down at the lake a gathering of Gypsies (Maruti Gypsy, the safari vehicle of choice in India) are waiting (and hoping) for a sighting. It doesn't happen and we all gradually move on.
When we see a few Gypsies bunch up, we hope for the best: maybe another tiger sighting?
No such luck: it's a Hoopoe. Much as I like Hoopoes, they cannot compare to tigers.
Some beautiful reflections in a pond
Why did the chicken cross the road? Indian Junglefowl
On our way out of the park, we see another mongoose crossing the road. I try to take a picture of it while the vehicles is in motion, but again it is not very successful.
It has not been a very successful afternoon as far as animal spotting goes. Apart from the Black Ibis, which is a new species to us, the highlight is the red moon that appears soon after sundown.
We continue to the lodge and have a quick shower and change before dinner. Again it is served buffet style – which I am not too keen on – but I have to say the food is superb. In fact, we all agree that the Vegetable Manchurian (crispy balls in a spicy sauce) is the best dish we have had so far on the trip. I am so excited by it that I even forget to take photos!