An Indian jackal slunk out of the bushes, glancing nervously behind. Clearly something was going on. Gaurav, who was on a safari in Keoladeo Ghana National Park in Rajasthan, leapt out of his rickshaw and quickly set up his tripod. The angle was very narrow, with branches on either side, and Gaurav didn't have long to think about his shot as, seconds later, a pair of jackals emerged from the bushes, teeth bared. The first jackal had no intention of putting up a fight. 'It crouched submissively for a moment as the pair emphasized their warning, and then they parted,' without any injury being inflicted. 'To see such behaviour was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,' Gaurav says.
Nikon D300S + 300mm f2.8 VR lens + TC-17E II 1.7x teleconverter at 500mm; 1/800 sec at f9 (-0.3 e/v); ISO 400; tripod + Benro ballhead.
Keoladeo Ghana National Park, Rajasthan, India
Gaurav Ramnarayanan, India
Gaurav took his first pictures – snaps of family and pets – at the age of just three, with a basic camera from his father. Later, on holiday in India’s Mudumalai National Park, his dad let him borrow his SLR camera – and Gaurav’s passion for nature photography began. He has since photographed across India and won several awards, including in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year.