Grassland

Black buck and the drongo

Grassland

Pristine grassland are a very difficult find these days. These vast tracts of land with tall grass that become a golden hue when they dry host myriads of species of avifauna. This image is one such that shows the beauty of the grassland with two of its inhabitants – the Black buck and the Black Drongo. What makes the subject very interesting is the blackbuck seems to have lost a part of the mighty horn that it has. The blackbuck is also called as the Indian antelope, is a near threatened species as per IUCN. The main reason for the diminishing blackbuck is the habitat loss, hunting. Blackbuck is the state animal of Andra Pradesh. There are many tribes that rever blackbuck and there is some cultural reference and the blackbuck is called as krishna mrig / Krishna Jinka.

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