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Close Encounter After roaming around in open Gypsy for couple of hours and enjoying the best of wildlife, we quite never expected that a majestic male tiger was waiting for us. <br />
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This angry looking fellow, seem to have quenched his thirst &amp; getting ready for a kill. He had positioned himself and we accidentally came in its way. He gave us the look, growled out in a threatening way and charged on us. <br />
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We were at his mercy, fortunately he shifted away and went other way. We didn&#039;t react at all, cause we were stunned anyway. <br />
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It was a close escape, all in less than 20 secs. The most thrilling experience ever. Geotagged,India,Panthera tigris,Tadoba,Tiger,aggressive,angry,attacking,charge,environment,forest,gesture,grawl,horizontal,hunting,indian,jungle,natural,posture,teeth Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Close Encounter

After roaming around in open Gypsy for couple of hours and enjoying the best of wildlife, we quite never expected that a majestic male tiger was waiting for us.

This angry looking fellow, seem to have quenched his thirst & getting ready for a kill. He had positioned himself and we accidentally came in its way. He gave us the look, growled out in a threatening way and charged on us.

We were at his mercy, fortunately he shifted away and went other way. We didn't react at all, cause we were stunned anyway.

It was a close escape, all in less than 20 secs. The most thrilling experience ever.

    comments (11)

  1. Sounds like you were incredibly lucky, especially as you managed to get this shot! Posted 8 years ago
  2. Mayur, welcome to JungleDragon and thank you for sharing this epic story! I have seen many tiger photos yet very few that are this engaging. The anger in its eyes is both beautiful and scary. Furthermore, you deserve a great compliment for sharing with care: species identified, geotagged, great use of tags, the title and description. That's how to do it, may you feel welcome here in your new online wildlife habitat :)

    Photo promoted to homepage, of course.
    Posted 8 years ago
  3. Thank you for your kind words. Posted 8 years ago
  4. Mayur, wow what a story! That you had the guts to make a photo is awe inspiring, I can only guess what I would have done in such a situation: stand down or run away. And what would happen if one actually ran. Hmm. Repromoted for sharing a beautiful (and very correctly tagged) photo and a goosebump (it actually fave me some while reading it) story to match!
    I will gladly monitor your progress from here.
    Enjoy JungleDragon!
    Ludo
    Posted 8 years ago
  5. Thank you Ludo Posted 8 years ago
  6. Great capture Mayur. Having gone on tiger safaris myself, I know that getting this short of shot takes both luck and skill. Your picture demonstrates a great deal of both. Posted 8 years ago
    1. Thanks.

      You are correct, in fact luck does play a prominent role. Moments before, I removed my camera from my tripod which gave me a lot of flexibility.
      Posted 8 years ago
  7. A stunning shot and I can guess.., what would you have felt at that moment. Lucky in both ways. Posted 8 years ago
    1. Yep, it was quite lucky :) Posted 8 years ago
  8. Lucky to escape with your life! This is a great photo that I am sure will win some part of the competition... Good luck! :D Posted 7 years ago
    1. As great of a photo that this is, it actually isn't a part of the current photo contest, as it was uploaded in April of 2014. The current contest is for members who reply to the January Contest thread in the forum, and who upload photos during the month of January. Posted 7 years ago

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The tiger is the largest cat species, reaching a total body length of up to 3.38 m over curves and weighing up to 388.7 kg in the wild. Its most recognisable feature is a pattern of dark vertical stripes on reddish-orange fur with a lighter underside. The species is classified in the genus ''Panthera'' with the lion, leopard, jaguar and snow leopard. Tigers are apex predators, primarily preying on ungulates such as deer and bovids. They are territorial and generally solitary but social animals,.. more

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By Mayur Kotlikar

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Uploaded Apr 15, 2014. Captured Apr 14, 2014 10:22 in Chandrapur - Mul - Nagbhir - Nagpur Highway, Gondsawari Rayyatwari, Maharashtra 441224, India.
  • NIKON D7000
  • f/4.0
  • 1/200s
  • ISO280
  • 300mm