World Photography Day: Capturing the beauty of the wild, in the wild

From the tigress at Kanha National park to the fearless cubs at Maasai Mara, Dr.Ramakanta Panda, Managing Director & Vice Chairman, Asian Heart Institute, and a leading cardiovascular thoracic surgeon, says his hobby helps cope with stress. This is part three of a series of photo essays, with clicks by photographers who hold a day job
Curated By: Mexy Xavier
Published: Aug 20, 2021

Image by : Dr. Ramakanta Panda

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This Saltwater crocodile was shot at the Bhitar Kanika national park located on the north-east coast of Odisha, the second largest mangrove ecosystem in India. The 145 km national park is surrounded by another 670 sq km of wildlife sanctuary. Four rivers, Brahmani, Baitarani, Dhamra and Pathsala flow into the Bay of Bengal from this wetland.

It is probably the best natural home to the Saltwater Crocodiles in India. Three species of crocodilesthe Gharials, Muggers and Saltwater crocodileswere on the verge of extinction in the river systems in Odisha by 1970. With an estimated more than 1,700-plus today, they are a shining example of conservation and how with a little support from us, wildlife can rebound.

About the photographer: Dr Panda, is a surgeon known for a world-record setting 12 bypass grafts in a single patient. He moonlights as a wildlife photographer on weekends. He says, "Photography helps me heal. It also helps me take positive action towards healing my patients better".