Today’s story describes about my experience of shooting Himalayan Tahrs

Article 27 of “Story of the Day” Series.

Story of the day-Blog 27- Jim Corbett helped me here- Shooting Himalayan Tahrs

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Camera: Canon 7D Mark2

Lens: Canon 400mm f/5.6

Shutter speed: 1/100 Sec

f-stop: f/5.6

ISO: 2000

Aperture Priority

Evaluative Metering.

 

If you have read Jim Corbett books, you will know he was able to walk like a Ghost. Not making any sound, he was able to approach most mammals and birds to extremely close distances. Well, I have read most of his books (multiple times) and I want to someday walk like him. So everyday when I take a walk in the forest, I practice walking very silently. I take extreme care as not make any sound, so much so that, now I mostly step on rocks and avoid leaves (whenever possible).

Well this practice was the only reason I was able to get the above shot. We were extremely high up in the Himalayas. The trek was so tiresome, that 5 of us decided to ditch our tents and for 3 night, we slept under a huge rock. Sleeping under a rock at an altitude of 3500Mts+ is an experience which deserves a blog of its own? .

I have a habit of rising before dawn, and today was no exception. After sleeping like a pig for 8 hours, I woke up at around 4 A.M. in the morning. I knew there were Tahrs around, as for two days in a row we had seen their fresh droppings. As I woke up my friends, I suddenly had this strong feeling of going to a ridge, some 100 Mts from our camp site. I for some reasons knew, that I will find Himalayan Tahrs there. So till the time my friends got ready, I very silently and without making any sound whatsoever, approached the ridge.

Never till this point of time, had I seen males of fully grown Himalayan Tahrs. No sooner did I peer my head beyond the ridge, I noticed these huge mammals grazing. Believe me when I say, for a second I thought these are Wild Buffaloes. They were huge and I mean really huge. Also look at their so gorgeously developed mane, doesn’t it looks absolutely beautiful. It took me atleast 2 to 3 seconds to regain my composure. Now if you know, males of Himalayan Tahrs are extremely shy. The Females and Juveniles, not so much. The Males however are extremely skittish and will run away at the first sight of Human beings. So , thanks to Jim Corbett?, learning from his experiences, I was not only able to approach them within shooting distance, I even had time to shoot them comfortably and make a small video.

I had to tell my friends about the same and after shooting for less than 10 seconds, I went back as silently as I had come. I was really satisfied, at being able to approach, shoot and then go back without disturbing them. One of those experiences, which I can never forget.

Just to add, I would have loved, if just one of them was looking at the camera. Better luck next time Praveen.

That’s it for the day, end of Blog 27

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