Wishing our readers a happy, healthy and prosperous 2015 and a big Thank You for your continued patronage of Walk the Wilderness.

As we ushered in 2015, we realized that we have had some amazing wildlife experiences through 2014. And we cherish each one of them. However, there are a couple of experiences that have left behind an imprint and we would like to share those with you.

The best wildlife sighting of 2014 and which we have categorized under ‘Intimate Experiences’ would be the sighting of a courting pair of African Lions in Masai Mara. Read more in “The golden hour with a pair of courting Lions”.

African Lion in Masai Mara

The best wildlife experience of 2014 in the area of ‘Understanding your Subject’s Behavior’ and predicting it’s next move, would be Spotting a Tiger in Bandipur national park and then leaving it alone as we were sure that we would spot it crossing the safari road when we came back after a few minutes. We have captured that experience in “Thinking like a Tiger”.

Tiger in Bandipur

Not just being in the right moment but also being in the right position from a photography perspective is critical to capture good wildlife images. And the best in 2014 on this front would be  “The Epic Wildebeest crossing”, one that we keep recounting always.

 Annual Migration of Wildebeest in Masai Mara

The best wildlife ‘Photography Opportunity’ of 2014 would be spending almost a whole evening with a Cheetah mother and her cub and photographing her in the various shades of light in  “Into the Twilight zone with a Cheetah”.

Cheetah Relaxing

The ‘Boldest Shoot’ of 2014 would be that of getting close to a wild dominant male Macaque, knowing well that they are known for unprovoked attacks. Read about that experience in “Within a Rhesus Macaque comfort zone”.

Rhesus Macaque

The ‘Best Bird Sighting’ of 2014 would be that of the Lilac-breasted Roller where we got real close to capture full frame images of its magnificent colors.

Lilac-breasted Roller