While staying at Masinagudi last Dec, we had mid days fairly free which led to exploring the open jungle near the resort. It was a fine line between the jungle and the resort boundary and the locals told us not to wander away too far least we chance on an elephant or a leopard and rarest of chances a tiger. We wandered around 1 km from the resort and then turned back. It was quite interesting to be on foot as we saw lots of deer, birds, hare and jungle fowl. The yellow lapwing was a cool customer of the heat, feeling absolutely comfortable foraging around while we were getting heated up in the sun. December heat was making its presence felt and unlike the central and northern part of India, its not really cold in this part of the country except early mornings. Tried to crouch and make this image to get the low angle as much as I could. Since I was shuffling between shade and open did not notice the high ISO.
Nikon D7k, f/8, ss 1/4000,iso 1000, 420mm (300f4+1.4xtc)