Winners Photography Awards 2010
Sambar and River Lapwing by Rahul Sachdev
A sambar deer Cervus unicolor comes much too close for comfort to the nest of a River Lapwing Vanellus duvaucelii pair in the Corbett Tiger Reserve. The birds create inconspicuous scrape-nests in the open on shingle and sand banks between March and June into which two eggs are laid. If their loud incessant calls do not deter the intruder, the lapwings put up a spectacular broken-wing display to draw attention away from the nest.