BearHead Photography has many images to showcase his expansive portfolio on animals around the globe, and here are his pictures of wild tigers from India.
Finding tigers in the wild is not an easy task. They mostly stalk their prey, but will sit and wait for hours in the middle of the day for something to walk by. When they are in the tiger grass they disappear completely, and only once they come out do you realize why they cannot be seen in the grass.
The stripes on a tiger are designed that way for a reason. When they are taken out of the jungles, people can't understand why they have such a pattern on their fur. When they are seen in the wild, though, it is quickly obvious why a tigers stripes are the way they are.
Tigers are an impressive and intimidating cat. This tiger wasn't overly happy that we had found her. After a few minutes she got up and left, but she let us know who was queen of the jungle as she was leaving.
A Killer Look
Tigers in India are treated differently than large animals here in the states. This is a well known tiger because of the wrong reasons. This tiger has actually killed 3 people who wandered into the park at night illegally. This large dominant male tiger is still free today roaming in his natural territory.
For as large as tigers are, they can quickly blend in to the jungle and disappear. We were looking for a different tiger, when all of a sudden this male appeared on the rocks above us. Seeing him stand so confidently above us was a little intimidating.
It is not that common to be close to a tiger. They don't like the vehicles and like to stay in the jungle and stalk their prey. This tiger was on a mission, though, and when it approached us it was incredible to see his face close up and staring at us.
During the dry season it can be extremely hot in India. During week stretches it can be 115 fahrenheit, or more, on a daily basis. The few watering holes that remain become a favorite hangout for the tigers to cool down, and to look for food.
Tigers have good vision and much better depth perception than us. As soon as a tiger spots a potential prey, they go into stalk mode instantly. Tigers have to eat a lot be able to sustain their large bodies. Hiding in this taller grass gave this tiger a better chance of getting close to its prey.
In the jungle there is rarely an opening with no plants. I had been tracking this tiger for some time in the thick jungle, and not getting any photos. All of a sudden there was an opening and the beauty of the tiger came to life as it was in the wide open.
Being a wild tiger is not easy. Not only do they have to worry about surviving by finding enough prey animals, but there is constant threats from humans too. This tigress was well known for how old she was. At the time I photographer her she was 15, but she lived to be 19. It was such a treat seeing her in the wild!
Getting to see a wild tiger dragging a large deer across a lake and onto shore was quite an experience. I didn't see the tiger take down the deer, but seeing the power of the tiger as it drug the deer in the lake was incredible. This tiger might have been across the lake, but it still let me know it was queen of the jungle.
Tigers are known as large cats with an ability to hide and stalk their prey. This male tiger was tired after recently making a kill and eating. Here he was yawning and showing us just how powerful his teeth can be.