Crocodile, The King of Rivers, Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
See that crocodile, The King of rivers!
The boatman kept taking us closer. This was in Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, Mysore, Karnataka. The crocodile was lying still. I was not very keen and didn’t encourage the boatman, instead looked away towards the nesting birds. But he kept urging, ma’am you will get good photos. He seemed more knowledgeable about my lens 150-500 mm. I then decided to follow his advice. I could zoom in very well and for a start I focused on its claws.
Zooming in on Crocodile, the king of rivers
Interesting I thought seeing how one of its fingers (?) with sharp nail was bent against the rock. I could see each detail through the lens.
Then I focused on its eye. And OMG! I experienced FEAR. The scare I felt, a shiver went down my spine! Never before have I been so scared. Within those few seconds I focused on it I could see its stony eye, its sharp teeth, and a drop of water near the teeth. And then a thought flashed across my mind: what if the crocodile decides to jump on us. After all it is an animal and who can read its mind. In the jungle it is the King’s rule and he alone is right. My 14 year old was happily taking pics totally unaware of any kind of danger.
I stopped taking pics right then and told the boatman sternly to take us away from there. He still insisted “it won’t do anything ma’am!” I said nothing doing you are taking us back or I will have to complain. This time he listened, afraid we wouldn’t tip him in the end.
Profile of the croc by my 14 year old, Arundhati.
Here is one last shot as we rowed away. I really don’t wish to meet it again ever in my life!