…And then galloping away at speeds of up to 80 kilometres per hour..Beat that..!
Blackbuck, a ‘Near Threatened’ species- graceful and slender with the most striking features of long, spiralling horns possessed by the male. These horns are marked with rings and sweep backwards from the head in a v-shaped arrangement. Look at him, how handsome he is..!
When a potential predator is sighted, the blackbuck can leap extraordinarily high into the air, before performing a number of smaller leaps and then galloping away at speeds of up to 80 kilometres per hour!!
The male blackbuck is larger than the female (found following the leader in this image) and more conspicuously coloured with the coat being a rich dark brown and the young blackbucks resemble the female in colour, with the coat of the young male gradually darkening with age.
Native to Asia, apparently the blackbuck once roamed throughout much of the Indian subcontinent. Today, this species occurs mainly in India, with a small population still existing in Nepal. It has been declared regionally extinct in Pakistan and Bangladesh. (source: arkive.org/blackbuck/antilope-cervicapra/)
I got an opportunity to make this image at Tal Chappar, Rajasthan, India.