Wildlife

A current project has obtained the first film footage ever of a rare Himalayan ungulate – the Serow, and the first in-depth film record of the breeding biology of the rare Cheer and Koklass Pheasants and the nesting of the Kaleej or Kalij Pheasant of the lower and middle Himalaya. Among other species, we have filmed and photographed over 30 Himalayan species of birds, flowers and animals for the first time ever. Thus, we have valuable scientific records by way of footage and stills that have not been made available internationally as yet…

Pythons at Bharatpur National Park. We also have a rare hour-long sequence of a Python consuming an entire deer in Kanha National Park, from killing it, ingesting it and finally going into weeks of deep sleep as it works the deer out of its system. (Format: Digital Betacam, DVCAM; 2 hours)

Rare and extensive sequences of the breeding biology of the Asiatic Paradise Flycatcher, perhaps the most beautiful bird in all of Asia. (Format: Digital Betacam, 6 hours.)

Fifty species of waterfowl at Keoladeo Ghana, Bharatpur – one of the finest wetlands in South Asia: many different species of Bitterns, Herons, Storks, Cranes, Crakes, Snipes, Terns, Raptors, Nightjars, Owls, waders, etc. Rare nocturnal shots of the Toddy Cat or Palm Civet, as well as Monitor Lizards, Blackbuck and Bluebull. (Format: Beta SP, Digital Betacam; 12 hours.)

Corbett collection: The most extensive record ever on the Corbett National Park of Uttaranchal, the erstwhile Hailey National Park and the first National Park in India. Rare and extensive records of the Asiatic elephant, including migration, feeding, rivalry, fights, extremely rare and graphic mating sequences, migration, poaching, natural death and more. Tiger footage includes stalking, feeding, tigress with cubs, tigress bringing up cubs, river crossing, rivalry, and more. (Format: Digital Betacam, DVCAM; 80 hours)

Rajaji National Park in Uttaranchal. Govind Pashu Vihar, Kedarnath and Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve in the high mountains of Garhwal. Bharal or Blue Sheep in the Har ki dun. Himalayan Black Bear above Harsil. (8 hours.)

Talle Valley in Arunachal. Thromsingla in Bhutan (1 hour). Also, 30 hours of high quality HDV High Definition material on Arunachal Pradesh, shot between November 2005 and January 2006: D’Ering / D’Erring Wildlife Sanctuary, Pasighat, Oran, boating, riverine expeditioning and wildlife watching on the Brahmaputra river, herds of elephant as large as 140 strong, tea gardens, tea being plucked, rice beer (apong) being made, kids going to school, ceremonial feasts, village life, dances, music, and more. Also, many different traditional forms of fishing, including the use of trawlers, nets, and fish poaching with dynamite, on larger rivers, in small streams and in small ponds. Monkey poaching in the forest, subsequent roasting of the monkey and poachers consuming it for dinner. Also, Wild Boar hunt followed by cleaning the Wild Boar, cooking it and eating it. Mithun slaughter, carving and cooking as part of a community feast in Arunachal. Dog being caught to be killed and eaten.

Central Indian wildlife reserves / sanctuaries / national parks / tiger reserves : Kanha, Bandhavgarh, Panna, Shivpuri, Chambal, Pench, Rewa in Madhya Pradesh. Tiger sequences from the wild, superb footage of huge herds of Gaur or Indian Bison in Kanha, entire rutting and mating sequences of Barasingha (Cervus duvauceli) at Kanha, Python eating Chital deer, nilgai or Bluebull, Toddy Cat or Common Palm Civet, Tupaia or Tree Shrew, Raneh Falls and Pandav Falls – waterfalls located deep in the forest, Chital or Spotted Deer, crabs, snakes, rats, Sloth Bear, Chowsingha / Chousingha or Four-horned antelope, Grey headed Fishing Eagle, nightjar, Black naped Hare, Rusty spotted Cat, Brown Fish Owl, Great Horned Owl. Also, rare footage of the Dhole or Indian Wild Dog displaying dominance behaviour, pack hunting, mating and family life. (Format: DVCAM, Digi Beta; 65 hours)

Rann of Kutch and Gir National Park in Gujarat. Rare sequences of the Asiatic Lion (Panthera leo persica) (it’s last stronghold in the wild, globally) and common leopard from Gir, their prey species: Chital, Sambhar, Bluebull, Blackbuck, Wild Boar, Peafowl, Langur, etc. (Format: DVCAM, Betacam SP; 25 hours)

Gir National Park, Porbandar, Gujarat : Sunset at Porbandar, Lesser Flamingos, Porbandar seaside (where Mahatma Gandhi was born), villagers, bullock carts, pelicans, on way to Ahmedabad, woodpeckers, deer, Junagarh (historical buildings), Kesariya flowers, Painted Storks, Egrets, endangered Demoiselle Cranes in large flocks, Maldhari women, Siddhi dancers, desert mice, Peacocks, roaring and yawning lions, drive through forest, forest ranger with lion, blue bull, etc. (Format: DVCAM, Mini DV; 10 hours)

Rare sequence of a Wild Boar eating a young Wild Boar, at Sariska National Park. (Format: Digital Betacam; 1 hour)

Project Tiger: Ranthambhore, Panna National Park, Ken river, Shivpuri / Madhav National Park, Karera, Gwalior fort, Kanha National Park, Bandhavgarh National Park, central Indian pine forest. (Format: Betacam; 5 hours)

Sariska National Park and Ranthambhore Ranthambhor Tiger Reserve: 20 years of Tiger Project, Sariska, Grey Partridge calling and digging, Jungle Bush Quail, Grey headed Flycatcher, Rose ringed Parakeet, Green Pigeon, Bay backed Shrike, Painted and Indian Spurfowl, Jungle Babbler, Spotted Owlet, Golden backed Woodpecker, Tree Pie (a magpie species) picking ticks off the face of a Wild Boar, thus displaying symbiosis in nature. (Format: Betacam SP; 4 hours)

Ranthambhore and Sariska Tiger Reserves in Rajasthan. Kankwadi fort in Sariska (where the Mughal Emperor Dara Shikoh was held captive) and Pandupol. Ranthambhor – extensive coverage of the Ranthmabhor fort and Jogi Mahal palace. (6 hours)

Delhi Ridge and its attendant wildlife. Aravalli habitat in adjacent Haryana and Rajasthan. (5 hours.)

Rare sequences of the Himalayan Snow Fox bounding along the frozen Zanskar river at Padum, Zanskar, Jammu & Kashmir. Life in Zanskar during the winter months, when few outsiders can reach the valleys of Zanskar. (Format: Digi Beta; 1 hour)

Sloth Bear of central India: shots of Sloth Bear raiding fields, digging ants out of ant-hill and consuming them, rambling through forest, crossing empty streambed and clawing on tree. (Format Digi Beta, 1 hour)

Extensive nesting sequences of over forty species of Indian birds, including in-depth coverage of the nesting of the Paradise Flycatcher, during May-June 2000, along the forests of the Ramganga and Corbett Park Region, in Uttar Pradesh. Also, Tailor Bird and Ashy Wren Warbler nesting and breeding biology. (Various formats; Total: 25 hours.)

Shots of the rare Golden Langur in Assam’s rain forests and the Sankosh Valley in Bhutan. (Format: Digi Beta; 1 hour)

The Thar (an ungulate), Monal Pheasant and Tibetan Snowcock, apart from many other Himalayan species, at Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park, Nepal.

Ladakh wildlife : Tibetan Wolf, Brahminy Ducks nesting at Tsokar, Black necked Cranes, Bharal or Blue Sheep, Pikas (Mouse Hare), Marmots, Lark, Tibetan Snowfinch, Tibetan Hare, Golden Eagle.

Extensive footage on Project Tiger, the conservation programme. (Format: Betacam SP; 12 hours)

Pindari Glacier during the winter months. Extensive study of the Snow pigeon, shots in flight, sitting on protected cliffs, flying with snow-peaks in the background, fields at Khati, Jatoli village life, Dhakuri pass panoramas, Trishul, Nanda Devi and other peaks from Kausani.

Fishing for the mighty Mahseer (India’s sport fish) in Cauvery / Kaveri river in Karnataka, Kabini in Mysore, Ramnathpur, Ramganga river in Uttaranchal, above Corbett National Park, 45 lbs. mahaseer being caught by fisherman, underwater shots, Kosi river, Pancheshwar confluence of two rivers in Kumaon, Renuka Lake, Himachal Pradesh. Also, Murrel fishing in Kaveri, Carp being caught and Rainbow / Brown trout fishing in Dodital in the high Himalaya. Also, footage of Indian fisherman Vijay Soni in action in different waters, and fighting for different species. (Format: DVCAM; 20 hours)

Extensive collection of footage of birds belonging to Indian subcontinent. Of the 1200 species to be found in South Asia, we have the largest collection worldwide, with footage of more than 400 species, or a third of all birds to be found in India.

Patna Bird Sanctuary : jackal hunting waterfowl, large congregation of waterfowl in wetland, Sarus Cranes (very important in Indian mythology, as they mate for life) in mating display, Blackbuck.

Kheechan, Rajasthan, with large flocks of migratory Demoiselle Cranes in the winter months. These cranes, endangered elsewhere, visit India in the winter months, by the thousands, after crossing the high Himalaya, to seek out warmer wintering grounds here.

Big cats of South Asia: Clouded Leopard, Indian Tiger, Asiatic Lion, Common Leopard and Snow Leopard.

Reptiles and snakes of South Asia: Ganges Gharial (highly endangered), crocodile, monitor lizard, Python, King Cobra, Krait, Star Turtle, tortoises, Calotes, and more.

Indian herbivores/ungulates: Barking Deer, Blackbuck, Chinkara, Chital or Spotted Deer, Sambhar Deer, nilgai or Bluebull, Yak, Takin, Gaur or Indian Bison, Mithun.

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