The end of the day
Tigers like paths, and it is a common to spot them walking on them. Their soft paws prefer the warm sand to the sharp sticks of the jungle. I was lucky enough to have this beautiful girl to myself for 30 minutes. She followed us through the park, coming as close as 2m (too close to focus). We would drive ahead and she would follow. One stretch had the setting sun in the background. Dust + setting sun + tree + Tiger = Magical shot!
The Bengal tiger is the most numerous tiger subspecies. Its populations have been estimated at 1,706–1,909 in India, 440 in Bangladesh, 163–253 in Nepal and 67–81 in Bhutan.
Since 2010, it has been classified as an endangered species by the IUCN. The total population is estimated at fewer than 2,500 individuals with a decreasing trend, and none of the ''Tiger Conservation Landscapes'' within the Bengal tiger's range is large enough to support an effective population size of 250 adult.. more