नेशनल ज्योग्राफिक होस्ट ओएनजीसीयन की 'बिग कैट' फोटो
Leopard featured in NatGeo’s Daily Dozen
World famous National Geographic has listed EE (Reservoir), Mr. M A Jayaraj’s Leopard photo and hosted on its website under the Daily Dozen Category recently.
The Leopard figuring in the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List has been clicked in Nagarhole Tiger Reserve in Kodagu District in South Karnataka during wildlife hobbyist’s recent forest expedition.
Asset Manager and Jayaraj with the NatGeo hosted image
ED-Asset Manager, Mr Debasis Sanyal congratulated Mr Jayraj for his extraordinary feat and stated that hobbies are essential elements and needs to be honed to enhance a personality. Reminding World Environment Day-2016 theme, “Go Wild for Life-Zero tolerance for the illegal wildlife trade.” he added photography is one of the powerful tools to create the awareness about wildlife and its conservation. Like ONGC, I am committed to save environment and dedicated to fuel nation’s growth reiterated Mr Jayraj, speaking to OR.net.
An hour before the close of the forest visiting hours, while on the guided tour jeep, I spotted the Leopard from fifty meters. The animal was agile and athletic adding beauty to the environs. Observed its behavior and body movements thoroughly.
Requested the driver to slow down the vehicle. Gradually proceeded towards the animal as close as 15 meters to frame it within the natural environs. I positioned myself firmly to capture its sharp looks, ready for action body posture, and clicked few snaps while the hooter was blown by the forest authorities and the day was transforming into twilight. It all happened in few seconds and the beautiful ‘frame’ was the result, explained the naturalist animatedly. And wants to dedicate this photo to his better-half, Ms A Sribavani.
The photo was given only very minimal touch-ups and loaded on to the NatGeo’s Your Shot digital community of 737,158 members spanning across the 195 countries with an archive of 6,388,788 photos and still counting. Your Shot is an e-initiative of NatGeo to tell the stories collaboratively through big, bold photography and expert curation.
Jayraj’s picture was the only one from India in the Daily Dozen list on the day of hosting. Innumerable pictures are hosted by the global community everyday and the internationally known wildlife photo editors’ pick only twelve in a day from the world of images for hosting. These pictures may have a chance of getting published in the 128 year old institution publication NatGeo’s magazine.
Bengal tiger-(Panthera tigris tigris), Shot @ Bandipur Tiger reserves, Karnataka