Amaz­ing wildlife en­coun­ters

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Contents -

Dur­ing the first few months of 2018, my friend and I trav­elled 600km from my home in Kolkata to Rashikulya Beach, in Odisha, In­dia. We made this jour­ney to pho­to­graph the mass nest­ing event, or ar­rib­ada, of olive ri­d­ley sea tur­tles. Thou­sands of fe­males ar­rive at the state’s beaches to nest and about 49 days later their hatch­lings emerge and head out to sea. It was a dream come true to wit­ness these young­sters ap­proach­ing the Bay of Ben­gal along­side this adult. Sau­rabh Chakraborty, Kolkata, In­dia

1 Struck gold

It was worth get­ting up early in April to visit Lin­dow Com­mon, Cheshire, be­cause I was re­warded with a beau­ti­ful sunrise and misty lake. I pho­tographed this great crested grebe shak­ing wa­ter off its wings. Steve Palmer, Wilm­slow, UK

2 Ready for take-off

While work­ing in Kuwait, I went to the Salmi Desert to see birds of prey. I spot­ted a range of species in­clud­ing a grif­fon vul­ture, honey buz­zard and this stun­ning steppe ea­gle. Sa­jan Raju, Pan­dalam, In­dia

3 Cats clash

Dur­ing a sa­fari in Tadoba And­hari Tiger Re­serve, In­dia, I was very lucky to wit­ness a fight be­tween two tigers, which lasted about 20 min­utes. For­tu­nately, the an­i­mals didn’t suf­fer any in­juries. Pratik Humnabad­kar, Pune, In­dia

4 Beak­ful

I spent seven hours tak­ing pho­tographs at Kar­nala Bird Sanc­tu­ary, In­dia. I was de­lighted to see and pho­to­graph this ori­en­tal dwarf king­fisher with a lizard in its beak. Nitin Cha­van, Shirpur, In­dia

5 Dragon isle

Dur­ing a trip in In­done­sia, our boat moored close to Ko­modo Is­land overnight. The next morn­ing we saw this mag­nif­i­cent Ko­modo dragon bask­ing in the sun. Andy Edge, Es­sex, UK

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