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If you’re a photographer, you would know how wildlife photography is the most thrilling offshoot of photography. Not only does it require precision, focus and an unwavering faith in your vision, but also the ability to think on your feet while being plucky.
From waiting for hours on end for an animal to make a move to risking your life getting a close-up shot of a dangerous animal, wildlife photography truly tests your mettle and grit.
Here’s a list of the perfect places for your next wildlife masterpiece. Speak on nature’s behalf as you let your lens fall in love with the diverse wildlife of India. Let NEXA be the catalyst to your dreams and creative vision!
Situated in the heartland of India, Madhya Pradesh, Pench is one of the most famous National Parks in India, owing to its legacy. It was made immortal by Kipling in the Jungle Book and remains one of the best places in India for tiger sightings and research.
Pench offers you the best chance to capture nature’s untamed beasts with your lens, even the elusive leopards, just make sure you're carrying a good mix of telescopic and portrait lenses. It is also home to 285 resident and migratory bird species.
Home to the world’s largest population of Indian one-horned rhinoceroses, the Kaziranga National Park in Assam is a dream come true for any wildlife enthusiast. Apart from the majestic rhinos, it’s also populated with animals like the wild boar, the wild water buffalo and Barasingha deer.
It’s not just the terrestrial species in Kaziranga that fascinate. You can also find Ganges river dolphins in this UNESCO World Heritage Site’s waters, apart from the otters and a host of migratory bird species. While you’re at it, don’t miss the chance to photograph one of the most powerful mammals on the planet, the Indian Rhinoceros! They might seem slow but a charging rhinoceros is difficult to get on camera, so make sure you're carrying a gimbal to get that blur free shot.
Nestled in the lush slopes of the Western Ghats, Agumbe is home to a staggering biodiversity, thanks to the amount of rainfall it receives. Also called the Cherrapunji of the South, Agumbe is heaven for you if you like photography, wildlife and rain. A good lens cover here, is a must to save your camera from condensation and the constant rain induced moisture.
Although Agumbe is famous for the legendary King Cobra, if you’re lucky, you can also spot a flying lizard here. After taking the perfect shot, capture the silver mist enveloping the valley and visit one of the many gorgeous waterfalls of Agumbe.
If you want a healthy mix of nature and beauty, Kabini should be the first destination on your list. Situated around the eponymous tributary of Cauvery, the Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary is a stone’s throw away from Nagarhole National Park.
While you can spot herds of elephants and Indian gaurs at the Kabini dam, you can also get a chance to spot many migratory birds and otters in the morning. Get a chance to spot tigers or hear their mating call. The lush green around the Kabini river offers excellent photography opportunities too. A low angle picture with the focus at a distant subject and out of field depth of grass, can sometimes result in pictures worth awards.
The oldest and the largest tiger reserve in Maharashtra, Tadoba is a delight for anyone who is fascinated by the gorgeous large cats. Tadoba offers you a chance to spot not only the tigers but also the usually shy sloth bears. So make sure you’re ready with your camera as the chance to capture something truly extraordinary could come without warning! Also make sure you're carrying camera camouflage gear, so that you don't get spotted by wildlife.
Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary is known for its elephants and is the perfect place to visit if you’re looking to unwind and hone your wildlife photography skills simultaneously.
This is just the place you’re looking for if you want to spot langurs, deers, spotted deer, Malabar giant squirrels and elephants. To get the best views, book the morning safari. Do make sure that your camera has vibration reduction lenses or optical image stabilization as the safaris are mostly on uneven trails.
Situated in the East Garo hills of Meghalaya, Nokrek National Park is one of the latest additions to UNESCO’s list of biosphere reserves in India. In addition to the usual big cats and Asian elephants, Nokrek is home to one of the cutest and most sought-after animal species in the region- the red panda.
Some other animal species you can photograph here are capped langur, clouded leopard, leopard cat, fishing-cat, golden cat, pangolin and wild buffalo. A good way to make the subject stand out is to use high aperture depth fields.
So, what are you waiting for? Take your photography to the next level with the help of these wonderful wild animals!