T17 - The new Queen of the Lakes
This was on the last day, last safari, last few minutes. We had no predator sightings in this safari and almost 10 gypsys had scanned the entire zone to no avail. While we were not desperate for a final glimpse of a tiger it would have been a good way to sign off our trip. When almost everyone had given up and were killing time watching two male sambhar deers sparring for mating rights, someone sighted Machli’s daughter on the other side of the lake. What ensued was an incredible melee, with 9 gypsys and 3 canters trying to outpace each other to the other end to get a good glimpse of the tigress. We waited for the dust to settle and hoped that she would cross over to the other side. When she did not, we too approached albeit keeping some distance from the crowd. And there she was, she emerged from the bushes, behind all gypsys right in front of us. She crossed our gypsy, paused momentarily, contemplating to go for a kill or not (I missed a golden opportunity to click her and a spotted deer fawn in a single frame, with my numb fingers failing to click). She then ambled across and climbed on to the remains of this old fortress and settled down like a Queen in her Throne. She rolled over and then gave this regal look as innumerable clicks could be heard attempting to capture her glory.