Thursday, December 28, 2006

Spotted Deer

Spotted Deer or Cheetal as they are more popularly known are found in almost all of the meadows in Parambikulam. These beautiful creatures are found in varying group sizes. Generally very flighty,

the deer here are not as bold as their kinsmen of Bandipur and Nagarhole or Mudumalai. The deer here bolt at the sight of any vehicular traffic coming to a halt near them making it very difficult to get decent close ups. I was lucky that one female of the herd on the left broke away from the herd and moved further up the clearing. The top right picture shows her breaking away.

Her movement brought her quite close to the road. I was lucky to catch a couple of snaps of her from a close point of view. The right down picture shows her chewing with the tounge emerging out.

Beautiful animals these are a favourite with predators.