Dr Param Sandhu is a man with a passion for tigers that has taken him all over India and Asia photographing these rare, endangered animals.
In a wide ranging talk that covered not only photographic technique, but also tiger biology and ecology, Dr Sandhu explained to Wooler and District Camera Club how his photography supports the Wildlife Protection Society of India in its work conserving a species that could become extinct in the next decade.
Tigers are nocturnal and territorial creatures that can roam up to 10 miles a night. Except when breeding or nurturing, they are solitary. During the day they are less active, but their presence can be given away by the alarm calls given by other creatures, particularly birds and monkeys. This is useful for the tiger trackers who work from jeeps.
Param mostly photographs from a jeep, but has also worked from an elevated hide and even the back of an elephant.
Every tiger has a pattern of stripes that is unique so many of the animals have become like old friends. Perhaps just as well considering that many subjects were snapped within “leaping distance”.
Watering holes are a favourite location for photographing tigers and other inhabitants of the forest.
A full-face reflection of a tiger drinking and a picture of an egret in water next to a partly submerged crocodile were two memorable images from a presentation that left the audience marvelling at these magnificent animals and the skill and dedication of the photographer.