Royal Bengal tiger ‘Maya’ and cubs

In Tadoba national park, Maharashtra, India, Royal Bengal tigers, Maya and her cubs are well known.  We came across Maya on our first day as she walked up the dusty road towards us.  This was our very first sighting of a wild tiger and it was so exciting!  She gave us some amazing photo opportunities before sidling off into the jungle.  A day or two later, she graced us with her presence again carrying the remains of her prey across the water where, no doubt, the cubs were waiting.   The next time we saw her, she entered the water and was joined by the cubs for a bit of family bonding.  When they eventually left the water, we watched for where they might emerge onto the road because the trackers were confident about where she might head.  I was leaning over the back of the jeep seat when one of the cubs appeared right in front of my 100-400 lens. I clicked a couple of shots off, knowing that I was far too close, and just before the driver took us speedily out of the way.  Strict park rules mean that you have to, always, give the animals their own space.  If you look through these images, you’ll find one where the eyes are the predominant feature and they’re not quite in focus…

From there, our trackers led us to some great positions where we could watch the family’s progress as they headed towards another water body and, maybe, some more hunting.

It was very difficult to choose which photos to add to this post because I have still many more.  Enjoy Maya and her two amazing cubs.

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