BLACK BUCK

Watching wildlife in their natural habitat is simply Magical.

The sheer joy of tracking and seeking Wildlife  in their habitat is difficult to express or reflect in pictures.

The Kala Hiran ( Hindi), Black Buck ( English) , Antilope cervicapra ( Scientific Name) is an Antelope which is fighting a  battle for survival .

It is also the only LIVING SPECIES of the Genus ANTILOPE.

Female Antelopes graze in the fields near the village of Bilaspur ,30 kms from Jodhpur .

female black bucks
Part of  the Harem

A herd is led by a dominant male which has a distinctive Black Fur as can be seen in the picture below.

A typical Harem can consist of  50 antelopes. The one we spotted was less than a dozen.

The Black Buck is an ungulate antelope native to the Indian Sub Continent.

behind the tree
Grazing behind the Kejri tree

The sun was setting and the light was fading fast.We were unfortunately accompanied by two young tourists from New Delhi who were more interested in  taking their own pictures  ( Selfies) rather than racing against the setting Sun.

However despite their efforts we were blessed as we spotted this herd  of about 9  including the Male Black Buck in the open fields moving away from a lake .

The Black Buck requires a large quantity of water unlike the Indian Gazelle ( do  read my blog THE ENCHANTING OASIS) which is an antelope as well.

black buck 1
Looks up as something is amiss

The Black Buck gives chase as it finds a juvenile male ( fur still fawn and horns not fully developed) near one of the female members of The Harem. ( see the feature image)

The Black Buck can notch up a phenomenal speed of  80Kmph.

the chase
On the run

The Black Back is protected in Rajasthan by the Bishnoi community which consider the Antelopes as Avatars of the Gods.

This inherent belief has ensured the survival of this species which requires large open grasslands and shuns dense forests.

Due to such beliefs the Black Buck numbers have improved from Vulnerable to Near Threatened.

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mukul chand

51 year old entrepreneur who has traveled extensively around the world for work and pleasure , is based in New Delhi, India. A passionate traveler born with a love for flora and fauna, is an active naturalist and amateur photographer. Here he shares his unique insight into Incredible India revealing its mysterious and exotic treasures. Writing from his heart he shares his experiences as he crisscrosses this vast and amazing land.

35 thoughts on “BLACK BUCK”

  1. “Avatars” of the Gods? Really – at least I read – they look alot like Impala of Southern Africa. I.e. Springbok without the dark stripe. Thank you for your efforts with this blog, my fellow 51 year -old friend. I am enjoying it alot. Good man!

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    1. Thank you for your comments. Wishing you a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR. Nature in its many forms is worshiped in India.
      The Bishnoi community consider the Black Buck a reincarnation or Avatar of Lord Krishna who is also fabled to have a dark complexion.
      If you a chance do read another blog titled THE ENCHANTING RAIKA. A community which consider the camel a creation of Lord Shiva. I hope I have not given an overdose .

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      1. I did check the Impala. Yes the female /juvenile look similar in colour. Do check my blog THE ENCHANTING OASIS for The Indian Gazelle ( closer to the Impala) The Black Buck however has a disintictive black fur.( a tuxedo)

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      1. You’re welcome mukul chand..!!! The photos are beautiful..!! Thank you .. Best wishes for you in 2016 too..!! Maybe..Yes.., I like India a lot..!!! 🍸🍾

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    1. Thank you Tom for your comments, encouraging and informative. A friend thought they looked like the African Impalas. However the Black fur of the male makes this Antelope unique.

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  2. Hello Mukul,

    Interesting post about the Black Buck. You may be surprised to know that we have a very large population of Black Buck here in Texas. Originally imported here back in the 1930’s – 1940’s for the purposes of hunting, they are now one of the most prodigious non-native species in Texas with large populations thriving in both captivity as well as free ranging herds. Escapees from captive populations have spread far and wide throughout much of Texas and compete with the native deer and antelope populations. SEE: https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/tme01

    The chase scene you photographed is particularly interesting in that it portrays the never ending fight for dominance among breeding males. A dominant buck presiding over his harem will establish a large “poop pile” in his territory, he will return to the same spot repeatedly each time adding another “deposit”. This “pile” serves as his marker by sight and scent indicating that he is the sole owner of his harem, the bigger and stinkier the pile is, the more attractive it is to females. If an invading male can successfully enter his territory and knock over or disrupt his pile, the invader can then claim the entire harem. This is why the male you photographed was so diligently defending his territory. I’ve witnessed the same scene many times here in Texas, in the event the dominant male is defeated, not by direct combat but by having his pile destroyed, he will immediately turn and leave the harem and the area relinquishing both to the new buck post haste. Retreating with head hung low and his tail tucked, his utter disgust and shame is clearly visible.

    I recently captured this shot of a free ranging Black Buck near our home, https://imarriedanangel.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/dsc_2814.jpg
    With year around and continuous breeding cycles, they are becoming more and more populous in an ever expanding range throughout Texas.

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