Last week featured roaring and screaming bears and believe me, there is a difference between roaring and screaming.  The feedback was good and a few asked me about the fighting tigers I'd mentioned so I went back and collected some images from that event and will share them here.

If you remember I was with a friend at Safari World and we were having a peaceful day catching up with each other.  Out of the blue we heard a roaring and you could almost feel the ground shaking.  Looking straight ahead about 200 meters from my window there was a tiger with a freshly caught large stork and some of his buddies who wanted to share.  The problem with a stork is that while it's a large bird there just isn't enough to go around.

 

If you remember I was with a friend at Safari World and we were having a peaceful day catching up with each other.  Out of the blue we heard a roaring and you could almost feel the ground shaking.  Looking straight ahead about 200 meters from my window there was a tiger with a freshly caught large stork and some of his buddies who wanted to share.

Canon 5d Mark II, 70-200mm F2.8L IS, @F5  1/160th  200mm  ISO 100

 

Taking the stork in his jaws the only place he could easily get away from the other tigers was to swim out in the pond.

 

Things didn't go as planned and soon the other tigers decided to follow.

Canon 5d Mark II, 70-200mm F2.8L IS, @F5  1/160th  200mm  ISO 100

 

Things didn't go as planned and soon the other tigers decided to follow.

 

Canon 5d Mark II, 70-200mm F2.8L IS, @F5  1/160th  200mm  ISO 100

Canon 5d Mark II, 70-200mm F2.8L IS, @F5  1/160th  200mm  ISO 100

 

He swam fast and the other tigers followed in pursuit.

 

One caught up to him and decided to make his move.

Canon 5d Mark II, 70-200mm F2.8L IS, @F5  1/160th  200mm  ISO 100

 

One caught up to him and decided to make his move. 

 

At the same time the other tiger decided he'd better make his move as well.  Two tigers lunging at the one tiger and things were happening fast!

Canon 5d Mark II, 70-200mm F2.8L IS, @F5  1/1000th  200mm  ISO 100

 

At the same time the other tiger decided he'd better make his move as well.  Two tigers lunging at the one tiger and things were happening fast!

 

It was kind of funny, one tiger discovered the pond was deeper than he thought and the tiger with the stork and the other one turned to watch him struggle.

Canon 5d Mark II, 70-200mm F2.8L IS, @F5  1/640th  200mm  ISO 100

 

It was kind of funny, one tiger discovered the pond was deeper than he thought and the tiger with the stork and the other one turned to watch him struggle.

 

However, he quickly recovers and the chase is back on.

Canon 5d Mark II, 70-200mm F2.8L IS, @F5  1/160th  200mm  ISO 100

 

However, he quickly recovers and the chase is back on.

 

Canon 5d Mark II, 70-200mm F2.8L IS, @F5  1/400th  200mm  ISO 100

Canon 5d Mark II, 70-200mm F2.8L IS, @F5  1/400th  200mm  ISO 100

 

Another scuffle and the fight is back on!

 

Swimming fast for the other side he's probably annoyed tigers from the other side of the pond are trying to get in on the action as well.

Canon 5d Mark II, 70-200mm F2.8L IS, @F5  1/400th  200mm  ISO 100

 

Swimming fast for the other side he's probably annoyed tigers from the other side of the pond are trying to get in on the action as well.

 

Safari World Bangkok, bengal tigers fighting over bird

Canon 5d Mark II, 70-200mm F2.8L IS, @F5  1/160th  200mm  ISO 100

 

Every time another tiger gets close the tiger with the bird in his jaws breaks away and heads in another direction.

 

All the while they're roaring and fighting.  It seems it would be hard to roar with a stork in your mouth but he manages.

Canon 5d Mark II, 70-200mm F2.8L IS, @F5  1/100th  200mm  ISO 100

 

All the while they're roaring and fighting.  It seems it would be hard to roar with a stork in your mouth but he manages.

 

Canon 5d Mark II, 70-200mm F2.8L IS, @F5  1/640th  200mm  ISO 100

Canon 5d Mark II, 70-200mm F2.8L IS, @F5  1/640th  200mm  ISO 100

 

The stare down begins!

 

The stare down didn't work so a slap with a mighty claw tipped paw and the fight is back on.

Canon 5d Mark II, 70-200mm F2.8L IS, @F5  1/160th  200mm  ISO 100

 

The stare down didn't work so a slap with a mighty claw tipped paw and the fight is back on.

 

Canon 5d Mark II, 70-200mm F2.8L IS, @F5  1/160th  200mm  ISO 100

 

The tiger on the dock is getting really excited and starts to instinctively flex his claws.

 

He breaks away and heads towards the shore and the others watch from a distance.

Canon 5d Mark II, 70-200mm F2.8L IS, @F5  1/160th  200mm  ISO 100

 

He breaks away and heads towards the shore and the others watch from a distance.

 

Now he's treading water in place and everyone is sizing each other up again.

Canon 5d Mark II, 70-200mm F2.8L IS, @F5  1/500th  200mm  ISO 100

 

Now he's treading water in place and everyone is sizing each other up again.

 

Canon 5d Mark II, 70-200mm F2.8L IS, @F5  1/500th  200mm  ISO 100

Canon 5d Mark II, 70-200mm F2.8L IS, @F5  1/500th  200mm  ISO 100

 

Do you think they're whispering to each other?

 

Bangkok Thailand, Safari World

Canon 5d Mark II, 70-200mm F2.8L IS, @F5  1/160th  200mm  ISO 100

 

An agreement reached they break the huddle.

 

Peering into the water at the other two tigers fighting over the bird

Canon 5d Mark II, 70-200mm F2.8L IS, @F5  1/1000th  200mm  ISO 100

 

An argument ensues.

 

Meanwhile he thinks if he can escape unnoticed under the dock then he can eat his lunch in peace.

Canon 5d Mark II, 70-200mm F2.8L IS, @F5  1/160th  200mm  ISO 100

 

Meanwhile he thinks if he can escape unnoticed under the dock then he can eat his lunch in peace.

 

Having temporarily stashed the stork he looks out wondering if anyone noticed where he went.

Canon 5d Mark II, 70-200mm F2.8L IS, @F5  1/60th  200mm  ISO 100

 

Having temporarily stashed the stork he looks out wondering if anyone noticed where he went.

 

A nice peaceful dock.  Perhaps a nice place to have lunch and dangle your feet in the water?  You might be thinking to keep an eye out for snakes, but would you ever suspect a tiger is just inches from having your lower legs for desert?  Can you see him there (on the left)?Nothing can prepare you for the rush of excitement you feel the first time you're this close to natures most powerful beasts as they resolve conflicts and behave as they naturally do.  It's a real privilege to witness these events.  If you've got the time venture on out to your local wildlife parks and protected areas and have some fun.

Canon 5d Mark II, 70-200mm F2.8L IS, @F5  1/160th  200mm  ISO 100

 

A nice peaceful dock.  Perhaps a nice place to have lunch and dangle your feet in the water?  You might be thinking to keep an eye out for snakes, but would you ever suspect a tiger is just inches from having your lower legs for desert?  Can you see him there (on the left)?

This entire even took place in just 20 seconds or so.  There was no time to position for a better shot, no time to adjust settings on the camera, there was just enough time to "point and shoot" and that's what I did letting the automatic focus and exposure modes do their job.

Nothing can prepare you for the rush of excitement you feel the first time you're this close to natures most powerful beasts as they resolve conflicts and behave as they naturally do.  It's a real privilege to witness these events.  If you've got the time venture on out to your local wildlife parks and protected areas and have some fun.