The Sanjay Gandhi National Park Photography Contest 2015
Joint Third Prize: Zeeshan Mirza
An indicator species that serves as a measure of the ecological condition of their habitat, tarantulas are obligate burrowers and extremely difficult to photograph. Seldom are they seen outside their burrows, venturing out only when the mature male seeks out a female. The photographer spotted this male Indian violet tarantula Chilobrachys fimbriatus on a tree along the Shilonda trail of the park. Climate change is one of the greatest threats to these primitive and sensitive habitat specialists.
EXIF: Canon EOS 1000D, ISO: 400, Shutter speed: 1/60 sec., Aperture: f/3.5, Focal length: 18 mm.