Tal Chappar Sanctuary (Photo Feature)

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Tal Chappar

Located in the Sujangarh Tehsil of Churu District, Tal Chappar Sanctuary is home to the elegant Blackbuck.

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Tal Chhapar

Blackbuck (Antilope cervicapra) is a species of antelope native to the Indian subcontinent, which has been listed by IUCN as ‘Near threatened’.

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It is one of the few antelopes where males and females have distinctive colorations. Male bucks have a distinctive black and white body with long twisted horns.

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Male buck

Females are fawn coloured without horns.

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Female bucks

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Female buck waiting to cross the road

During winter this grassland sanctuary is extremely popular amongst the birders when the Demoiselle Cranes migrate all the way from Central Asia to spend the season at Tal Chappar.

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Demoiselle Cranes

They are locally known as ‘Koonj’.

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In Flight

We also managed to spot a male Nilgai, which made sure that we were always at a safe distance.

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Blackbucks are one of the fastest animals and can outrun most predators over long distances.

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2 Responses to Tal Chappar Sanctuary (Photo Feature)

  1. Anu Shankar July 16, 2011 at 5:28 am #

    Beautiful!!!! which would be the best season to visit?

    • 10 Year Itch July 18, 2011 at 5:58 am #

      Hi Anu,
      Jan-Feb is a good time to be there. It is a relatively small sanctuary. They do not allow cars to go in. You have to rent a horse carriage (Tonga) to go in. It takes maybe about 2 hours to explore the place.

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