In Conversation: Treepies of #Ranthambore! #TravelwithArchie @archanackapoor #wanderlust Click To Tweet
Jungle safaris are one of the best experiences one can ever have, especially for an animal and bird lover. During my chance visit to Ranthambore, I was lucky to be able to make time for a couple of jeep-rides in the wild and beautiful forest of Ranthambore National Park. It is one of the biggest and most renowned national park in Northern India and its claim to fame is the regal orange and white striped being, who walks without fear and calls the jungle ‘home.’ Yes, I am talking about my favorite animal – the cat who catwalks in the most majestic and divine way – the Tiger!
Ranthambore National Park is located in the Sawai Madhopur district of southeastern Rajasthan state in India, and is nearly 130 km from the gorgeous city of Jaipur. Being considered as one of the famous and former hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur, the Ranthambore National Park is a major wildlife tourist attraction. There is a lot more on offer besides tigers. It is a naturalist’s haven and a photographer’s delight. I for sure fell in love with this beautiful tiger park and will never miss an opportunity to re-visit. There is a lot that I want to talk about, especially about my out-of-this-world encounter with two of the most renowned and exquisite tigers of Ranthambore. But in this post I simply want to showcase this exclusive shot – the conversation between these sweet and lovely birds.
These are treepies – long tailed passerine birds that are found in tropical forests of Southeast Asia. Mostly black, white, gray or brown in color, treepies are known to be highly arboreal – which means that they prefer being on trees, living in or among trees and rarely come to the ground to feed. And that’s what makes this picture even more exceptional. I was simply lucky to catch this shot, as the driver of my jeep held out his palm with bird feed. They just jumped on to his hand and looked at each other, almost in awe. It was truly a ‘kodak’ moment! While there are other posts on my trip to Ranthambore that will follow soon, like I mentioned above, I couldn’t help but share this picture. It was such a glorious moment!
A visit to the jungles of Ranthambore is a must if you love flora and fauna to the fullest.
P.S: It is NOT a good idea to feed these birds or any wildlife as you may unwittingly pass on diseases to the species.
One who is born with wings has many stories to tell. I was a born wayfaring story-teller! But then, how does a chirpy story-teller who also has wings on her back and wheels on her feet find a colossal audience to recount those sometimes awe-inspiring, sometimes eccentric encounters. I realised there was no other way I could narrate my tales to the world unless i started penning them down in black and white. That's how TravelwithArchie was born. I love calling myself a vagabond! One who dreams about places and then travels there to see how they look in the real world. Come, borrow my wings for a while and see the world with my lens!