We stumbled upon this conclave of Indian Antelope (Black Buck), in the park around Akbar’s tomb in Sikandra. You have got to love those long twisted horns!
I was particularly fascinated by the rapt attention the little white ‘guest speakers’ commanded! Wonder what they had to say that was so riveting?
Some serious tips on how to outwit stupid humans, who have hunted these graceful creatures down to endangered levels, perhaps?
Until next time…..happy travels, no matter where life takes you!
Paula’s Thursday Special
82 thoughts on “A Graceful Gathering…..”
This is gorgeous, Madhu! I just happened to be revisiting Paula and saw you there. We all seem to be stepping up our productivity! I was blaming the early dark nights in my part of the world but I don’t suppose the same can be said for you. It’s one of the peculiarities of blogging that so many of us are in different time frames. 🙂
No, just trying to keep up a schedule 🙂 Thanks Jo.
Thank you Andrea.
Those are lovely picture, Madhu. Their corkscrew horns are fascinating – I always think it gives them a lost look – faqirs lost in the view of other worlds. Your camera loves them. 🙂
Love the sound of “Faqirs lost in the view of other worlds”!! Thanks Meenakshi 🙂
These are beautiful creatures and photos Madhu. I see on the list that they can be seen in Ranthambore National Park. This is the only Indian NP we’ve been to, and unfortunately, we didn’t see any black buck. As others have said, the corkscrew horns a very cool. ~James
I think this is one of the most beautiful gazelles James. Strange that the Sikandra park doesn’t figure on that list! I have seen several in the Guindy park in Chennai.
Lovely capture–especially the image where they are up to their necks in grasses. Also I think that is an egret (snowy egret).
Thanks Sally. You are right, they are cattle egrets commonly found co existing with water buffalo and deer.
I am so happy with this post. What endearing creatures 🙂 Thanks a million, Madhu 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
16 of them on your header which reminds me – you’ve changed your theme, girl 😀 🙂
Notice all but one of the sixteen are female? R named that strutting stag, Akbar the Great 😀
Very fitting 😀
I have given the page a second look and I love it 🙂 🙂 🙂 A good choice!!!
Now I went to the Home page and it looks the same. It must be silly me – it is the same theme, right?
Ha, appreciate the overwhelming response dear Paula! I was equally overwhelmed when I saw them!
Yes, it is still the same theme 😀
Those horns are absolutely beautiful! I think the Egrets (is that what they are?) are telling the buck that they look divine 🙂
Ha ha, they most probably are 🙂
Such beautiful animals.
Aren’t they Bente? Cannot understand why we would hunt them to extinction!
Brilliant, Madhu! No tip, but a wish the some wisdom grows into their brains…
that’s a “that” not “the”…
They are so beautiful Madhu. How could we come so close to losing them? Grrrh it makes me so angry!
Me too Gilly. The Cheetahs used by our kings to hunt them are long gone. Wonder how long these will last.
Wow! Thank you so much for bringing these beautiful, handsome, graceful, and precious Indian Antelope to us!
You are most welcome Amy 🙂
What beautiful animals.
Yes, and some of the most graceful too. Thanks TSC.
So beautiful – those twisted horns are magnificent, but indeed the whole animal is. Almost all of them males? I wonder how that poor lonely female spends her days…
They were more or less evenly matched Ann Christine. Perhaps even more skewed towards the female. Almost all in the gallery are males, but you missed the 15 does in the lone buck’s harem in my header 🙂
Oh, I saw them but forgot…they are all beautiful!
yes, beautiful photos of graceful creatures, even the egrets look more attractive with such magnificent company!
I was fascinated by how the egrets and the bucks seemed to be ‘talking’ to each other Christine 🙂 Who knows, maybe they can….across species. Maybe we are the only ones who have lost the ability!
I love those horns!
Magnificent aren’t they? If you notice a couple of battle scarred bucks had one missing!
You can imagine scenes like this all over during Akbar’s time – so sad that herds are now restricted to places like his mausoleum park! The spiral horns are romantic, really, so slim and straight, like a unicorn or a flourished rapier. I love that first shot, with the two sets of horns in a dual V and everyone oblivious and busy feeding.
Thank you Meredith. That is my personal favourite as well.
Our great kings might have contributed towards the decimation of their numbers. Hunting them still remains a clandestine sport for celebrities, when they can get away with it! Tribal watchdogs like the Bishnois are their saviours.
Those twisted horns are very impressive and can be mean weapons.
Those horns are certainly beautiful to look at. But I wonder if they might slow them down as well Eric.
Such restful scenes. Thanks for sharing.
Thank YOU for visiting Ian 🙂
Those horns have the most beautiful detail, gorgeous animals!
They are believed to be the chariot pullers of the moon God Chandra, in Hindu mythology Patti!
Gorgeous creatures! Nice shots.
Wow I am so delighted to see the beautiful black-buck one time (in ’60s) almost extinct! Thanks for sharing 🙂
My pleasure Dilip.
Such beautiful animals, Madhu. There twirly horns are so amazing. 🙂
They really are a handsome species.
Lovely shots, Madhu. 🙂
Thank you Imelda 🙂
I love how that sole antelope and cattle egret seemed to be having a private conversation. 🙂
I was so fascinated by it too! 🙂
Hope all is well with you Luann.
Aren’t they something?! My, the places you’ve been. Margie
They were an unexpected bonus on our trip to another Moghul tomb Margie 🙂
Such beautiful animals! Great capture, Madhu.
Thank you Uday. Hope all is well with you.
Thank you Reema. Appreciate the visit and comment 🙂
I think they are the most graceful of the antelopes!
Beautiful horns! (probably the reason why humans have hunted them.)
Most probably Cardinal. And they must be a hindrance when escaping from predators as well.
Great animals and just a truly lovely scene so well captured!
Thank you Dina. Our guide was so impatient with me refusing to leave 🙂
Oh, that I can well imagine!! 🙂
the horns are amazing. It almost looks like synchronized eating, so well do they line up…love the spiral. A cool detail…
That is my favourite shot too Charron! Thank you for stopping by to comment 🙂
Like graceful dancers on a stage of greens. Beautiful, graceful, mesmerizing.
Well said IT. I was totally mesmerized 🙂
I love all kinds of deer… 🙂
Me too 🙂
Thank you Joshi.
I think I am catching up on your old posts today… am longing to see more pics of these deers.
We have quite a large herd here in Chennai in a deer park around the Raj bhavan. Haven’t been to see them in ages though.
Beautiful! I like those twisted corkscrew horns. Isn’t wildlife amazing!
It is!! And you capture them os so well 🙂