The Sanctuary Wildlife Photography Awards 2002
Clash Of The Titans
Photo: H.V. Praveen Kumar.
Backlit by Ranthambore’s December sun, these 18 month old tiger cubs spar playfully, in preparation for later life when survival skills could mean the difference between life and death. Such dominance rituals are precursors to permanent departure from the umbrella of protection of their mother.
The kingfisher’s Water world
Photo: K.S. Rajashekara.
The little Blue kingfisher, a jewel of the bird world, was captured moments after it emerged from a plunge into its favorite pool in search of fish. The bird will then return to its perch and batter its prey senseless before swallowing it whole head first, to avoid getting a bone stuck in its delicate throat.
Elephantine Death Throes
Photo: Salil Bera.
Passengers stare helplessly at an elephant struck by a train at Rajabhatkhawa, Jalpaiguri, West Bengal. The elephant died an agonizing death a day later. Trains passing through forested areas take a high toll on elephants. Plans to convert thousands of kilometers of track from meter to broad gauge will only worsen the problem.
Skimmers in Formation
Photo: Hira Punjabi.
Adult skimmers are easily identified by their large, drooping orange bills, used to skim the water’s surface in search of prey. They are usually found along India’s major rivers, where large sandbanks are available. These birds are among the first to be affected by riverine pollution and overfishing.
Photo: P. Karunakaran.
This unique image captures a fascinating aspect of the wasp’s breeding biology. The caterpillar was stunned and is being transported on the wing to its nest. Inside, the wasp larvae will feed on the comatose caterpillar. A female will stock its nest with several caterpillars to ensure a constant food supply for its young.
Photo: Varad Giri.
The image captures the essence of moist forests of the Western Ghats. The male in this picture is advertising its presence to potential mates. Amphibians are considered to be indicator species by biologists seeking to gauge the impact of pesticides, ozone depletion and climate change.
Photo: Deepak Chaturvedi.
Seen here in Corbett tiger reserve, a young male elephant mounts another, displaying typical dominance behavior. Young elephants are protected by the herd and are carefully taught both social and survival skills, which will be needed by them when they reach adulthood.
Scavenging Wild Boar
Photo: M.S. Rajesh.
The photographer came upon this rare sight of a wild boar consuming a Nilgai even before it had died. Probably killed by a tiger or Leopard, one can only guess why the carcass was left unattended long enough for this opportunistic feeder tp plunder sustenance from it.
Robber fly with Prey
Photo: Kiran Pawaskar.
The predator latches on to its prey, while a parasitic red mite attacks the hunter. Insects are the most successful terrestrial creatures, also the least studied. The chemical war that we have unleashed on insects through pesticides now harms us more than it harms them.
Photo: H.V. Praveen Kumar.
Pictures do speak! One can almost hear the sharp bark of the sambar and the loud splash of its hoof as it sounds the alarm to its young fawn.
Sanctuary Asia Vol. XXII. NO. 6. December 2002.