Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris)
Endangered with less than 2,500 left in the world.
It would be correct to admit that one reason I went to Bandhavgarh National Park in Madhya Pradesh, India was to try and photograph a male tiger in its habitat. The Bengal Tiger is India's national animal and over the years I have never made any effort to photograph it because so many great photographers spend so much time and effort to get prize-winning images of it. But as numbers of this great beast dwindle it is becoming more and more difficult to see and photograph them. So I thought I'd go and try to get a few shots of the largest cat in the world while it was still possible to do so for my GPlus friends. So guys, this one is for all of you!
This is 'Opener', a 5 year old male. I found him after sundown and had a very tough time getting a shot in as the light was very poor. This is shot handheld at 1/40th, ISO400 with a 180 mm f/2.8 lens, at 2.8 while I stood on my rather wobbly jeep seat.
The tiger is an endangered animal today due to poaching for tiger parts and destruction of habitat. It is unlikely that the animal will survive in the wild if the demand cannot be stopped.
My contribution for #threatenedthursday curated by +Diego Cattaneo +Sandy Schepis +Anette Mossbacher and myself. +Threatened Thursday
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