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 go towards the water for a drink.
As the eagle got to the water hole, it was joined by a visitor – a female Blackbuck (Antilope cervicapra).
The Blackbuck left after having her fill. The Bonelli’s Eagle lingered on, alternating between standing on one leg to relax and on two legs to take a sip of water.
As time passed, there were more visitors to the water-hole that evening. More on that in Part 2 of this story…coming up shortly.