Day two was Ranthambhore day, Ranthambhore National Park is perhaps the easiest place in India to see tigers, our key target for the day.
Driving further into the park in our open-canter, we cam across a twitch - a few jeeps had parked up and were watching something - it was a tiger twitch! We drove up to see a huge male tiger only 25-30m from the vehicle, he was very interested in something in a tree.
We watched him for the next 45 mins or so, he wasn't too worried about us as he wandered over the track and returning back to his tree. A truly remarkable experience, the chance to see such a magnificent creature at such close proximity.
On the next bit of wetland we added black-headed ibis, striated heron, greater thicknee and indian pond heron to the day's list. At both of the wetlands large number sof spotted deer were drinking alongside sambar deer. Our journey back to the park gates produced grey-headed canary flycatcher, tickell's blue flycatcher, painted spurfowl, yellow-crowned woodpecker and just outside the park over a wall we spotted a chinkara or Indian gazelle.
collared scops owls