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Elephant Ridding

Wandering about in a wildlife sanctuary and witnessing the wildlife therein can be quite an adventurous experience. Whether it is done while riding on an elephant's back, or from a watch tower or from a boat, the thrill that one can have while spotting herds of wild elephants, deer and predators catching their preys in their natural habitat is much more exciting than watching a wildlife documentary on television.

Such as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary known as largest bird sanctuary in Asia, which is much more famous as a refuge of migratory birds like barons, ibis, pelicans and painted storks that make it their temporary home during the winter months. Two splendid protected habitats situated in the Himalayan foothills are the Corbett National Park and The Dudhwa National Park that provide an unforgettable wildlife experience. The most pleasant time to visit any wildlife sanctuary in India, with the exception of Dachigam is the months between October and March. However, the chances of spotting wildlife are better from March to June when the weather is hot.

No wildlife adventure is complete without sighting a pride of lions luxuriating down lazily in the hot sun. It is always important to take precautions of never landing down out of your vehicle to snap close-up pictures of the wilds. It is an absolute way of risking your life.

Treat the wild mammals with the respect that they deserve. Try not making quick and fast movements and also any noises that really irritate these creatures. Try to be extra cautious if you see elephant turning towards you, flapping their ears and erecting their trunks, it might be dangerous. Rhinos are wild beast and known for their bad moods, disturbing their line of vision can provoke them to charge you down. You have to take special precautions while dealing with hippopotamus as it is the most dangerous wild animal among all- it is estimated that they kill more people than any other animal. Indian Elephant with Mother

Take extra caution while making your moves- your motion should be slow and quiet. Wear natural colors and unscented lotions, so that can nicely merge with the forest woods.

Some sighting locations have on-site staff and wild life experts. Don't be afraid to ask for advice.

Don't try to share your food with the animals, let them enjoy their natural foods, otherwise they might lose their fear of cars, campers, or even poachers.

Learn to identify symbol of alarm, these are sometimes discriminating, leave the place immediately if any animal shows them.

Essential Skills
Knowing the feeding habits of these wild habitats will help you to find them in their natural habitat. Be respectful of nesting areas and vegetated grounds. Look for animal sign- marks in the mud or snow, odd smell and flora that has been freshly riffle are all evidenced that wildlife has been in the area.

The most essential skills in the wildlife photography safari tours is "be patient" don't expect the wildlife to cooperate all the time. Permit yourself enough time in the wild, where wild life is copious, it can take years, if not a lifetime, to see all the species listed in this guide and to store few in your cam.

Learn the skill of photographing the wildlife species from a correct distance. Try to photograph small animals from a low camera position to emphasize their size, when you go for close-up photography of wildlife, try with a long lens adjusting the camera at f8 and focus on the animal's eyes. A lens of 300mm in focal length is quite appropriate for mammal photography and for birds 500mm is a good beginning point.

Gear Up
Binoculars are one of the important gears up in a wildlife safari tour, in fact, every person in the safari tour should carry their binoculars along with them as the probability of sighting wildlife increases more with it. Also it is far better to take along a compact, digital, transportable camera than relying on a camera with film. Having a topographic map, compass, GPS unit, or just paying attention to the jungle rules, will be of great help to you.

A strong, lightweight flashlight with a red lens is a must for nighttime viewing, as it will not scare wildlife where as the bright light of a white beam will demolish your night visibility.

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