This was to be our last morning in Kanha, so it was cut short by just over half an hour to allow for return to the lodge and pick up at 12 noon. Temperatures were slightly warmer than the last couple of days, although there was still the wind chill factor on the back of the jeep, leaving the blanket and hot water bottle still as firm friends. We had said yes to the Tiger Show should the mahouts find any Tigers this morning, visiting the Central Point early to check up on this after a short look around the reserve. Up until now, deer numbers were lower than usual, although for some reason, Sambar Deer seemed more evident than Spotted for once. A couple of males were impressively strutting their stuff around the large open lagoon. Wild Boar had also put in more of an effort, with 7 near to the Central Point. Even birdlife was a little quieter, although we did witness an irate White-naped Woodpecker trying to chase off a pair of Greater racket-tailed Drongos from what it seemed to consider was its own tree. News from the mahouts was that a Tiger had been found, but it was still mobile.
We waited for some time, had breakfast, and listened for any further news, to find that the Tiger had eventually given the mahout the slip, leaving the Tiger Show a no show! Again, only one brief Tiger had been seen in the morning from a jeep. We ploughed on again after breakfast, with one jeep going to the site of the mahoutís sighting, but with no luck. We did come across some monkey warning calls and staked out the area with no luck.
We eventually left Chitvan Lodge before 12 noon to begin the 7 hour journey to Bandhavgarh, which turned out to be fascinating, with the variety of both landscape and people on the way seeming to make the time go past faster than it actually did. There was even wildlife to be seen from the moving taxi, choice of which was a Jackal over the road in front of us. Quite a few new birds for the trip were also seen, including 7 Indian Robins, which seemed to frequent the verges of the roads towards the higher ground. Pied Bushchat and Black Redstart were in a similar sort of habitat. One notable sighting was when we took a break at the fossil museum, where a Large Cuckooshrike was at the top of a bare tree as we walked around it.