5th year Pic 115 - 03-March-2014. Tiger!
- Pench National Park
It was our last last ride in the park and we kept on hearing alarm calls of the Sambars, Langurs and Peacocks which meant a Tiger was nearby. It was somewhere in the thicket in a shallow ravine. We tracked it for some time through calls and then stopped, along with some other vehicles; expecting it to cross to the other side. It was an exciting wait and within 5-7 minutes we saw him emerge from the bushes, a tiny speck to the majestic animal, and cross the road! What a sight!
Seems I was not clear in describing the 'alarm calls'. Pench, like other National parks in India is a natural forest with different types of animals.
"In the field of animal communication, an alarm signal is an antipredator adaptation referring to various signals emitted by social animals in response to danger. Many primates and birds have elaborate alarm calls for warning conspecifics of approaching predators." More details
In this case, on sighting the Tiger, different animals were giving out 'alarm calls' to warn others.
Thank you for putting this in #2 position!