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The leaping Blackbucks of Tal Chapar

Oct 17 2013

      In so many visits to Tal Chapar, I’ve been rather partial to the feathered bipeds (read Birds) over the ubiquitous horned quadrupeds (read Blackbucks) that stroll this beautiful grassland. May be their sheer numbers in the park lulls one into forgetting the fact that they are declining everywhere else. So it was decided – this time around I would give more attention to these graceful antelopes. The first morning at Tal Chapar was very cloudy, a possible hangover from the late rains this year. Some parts of the park were still unmotorable. Seeing some Kestrels (small falcons) […]

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Bonelli’s Eagle at a water-hole – Part 2

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Oct 19 2012

    Continued from Part 1 of the story…   The Bonelli’s Eagle had settled down at the water-hole and seemed to be enjoying its place in the water.   From time to time, birds like House Crows (Corvus splendens) and Green Sandpipers (Tringa ochropus) would try to mob it to get it away from the water. After a few unsuccessful attempts, they too gave up. In a couple of instances, Green Sandpipers actually walked around nonchalantly in front of the Eagle.   Given that the Eagle was standing on one leg in water, it wouldn’t be able to get […]

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Bonelli’s Eagle at a water-hole – Part 1

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Oct 12 2012

    It started off just like another afternoon drive into the grasslands at Tal Chapar. Hoopoes and Eurasian Collared Doves were their usual busy selves – feeding, flying, preening. An occasional Harrier flew low over the grasslands looking for a potential snack.   We decided to check out the ponds within the park. The early October afternoon was still pretty warm and there was a chance of seeing some activity at the pond.  As we approached one of the ponds, we came across a Bonelli’s Eagle (Aquila fasciata) on the embankment.   After scrutinizing its surroundings, it  decided to […]

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Sprinting Blackbuck

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Dec 01 2011
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Blackbucks (Antilope cervicapra) are among the fastest terrestrial animals in India, capable of speeds upto 80kmph. The unique coloration of the males, with distinct black and white coats, makes them very easy to identify in the field. Although widespread across most of India, their shrinking habitat makes them a vulnerable species. Rollapadu in Andhra Pradesh has a healthy population of blackbucks, that can be seen in the wonderful grasslands there.

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