Travel Pic of the Week: As still as the Crocodile @ Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary

Crocodile at Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, Mysore, Travel Karnataka

Lovely boat ride in the Ranganathittu bird sanctuary near Srirangapatna, Mysore. Saw lads of crocodiles basking in the sun. They camouflage so well one can easily miss them! As still as the rock. I went and sat on the water bank for a while, later it struck me that the crocodile could actually come from the water right up to me if they wished. I wonder, do they not see me as prey? Are most wild crocodiles also like other wild animals in the sense that they have never eaten a human and so don’t consider them as prey? I have only watched a few movies that depict crocodiles are extremely predatory. This was the first time I was in such close proximity of so many crocodiles.

This boat passed so close to this crocodile, it was amazing! They are of course dangerous predators but passing so close, without them jumping on us is cool. 😉

The skin seems really tough and thick. Their eyes hardly even blink and they look like made of stone. They love basking in the sun and lie about on a rock with their jaws wide open. Very unusual creatures these. Would be interesting to trace their evolution chain.

We also got to see Ibis’s from very nearby. It was not really the best season to visit Ranganathittu in October. But overall it is a pleasant experience. It is a green, quaint place to sit around and spend a while amidst nature. If you want to do serious bird watching then probably visit earlier in the year.