On a hot day, these big cats love taking a dip in a nearby lake or river to cool off! The only stipulation is that they do not like water in their eyes. They will go to any lengths to avoid this, even entering the water backwards! Because they have webbed feet, tigers are also quite the skilled swimmers. They have been known to travel for distances up to 20 miles in one session!
I was fortunate to spot this so called grumpy faced tiger commonly referred to as Waghdoh, at telia lake. When we first spotted him he was miles away and it was amazing to watch him swim and enjoy what he likes to do the most. This is an early morning shot at 6:45am and shot from a distance, I had to use my teleconvertor to make this image, but I love this image despite it being a record shot.
Camera - Canon 1D Mark IV, Canon f4 500mm lens + 1.4x TC
EXIF - ISO 400 Av 8 Tv 1/800 sec EC -0.7, cropped for composition
May 2013 @ Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve