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12 July 2005 @ 08:43 am
Barking Deer  
This is one of the four types of deer we get in Southern India. It's mostly solitary and very shy and the best place to see them is on hilly forests like BR Hills, though this photograph was taken in Kabini sometime in April. It's called a barking deer since it's call is like a dog barking! :)

Frog Pond: kakasbijoyv on July 15th, 2005 04:57 am (UTC)
I always love a startled muntjac. One pristine morning ten years ago, I was walking from Kumily to Thekkady (the Periyar Tiger Reserve) and I saw a pair of muntjacs feeding on shoots beside the road. I had a tacky little point-and-shoot camera and I figured the only way to capture these two darlings on film would be to get *really* close to them. Perhaps the wind was blowing toward me, because I did manage to get really close to them -- like about 7 feet. As I poised my trembling hand to click, one of them looked up, stamped its foot down and barked. It was such a shrill ringing sound that I, standing gingerly on tiptoe, toppled over and fell on my back. Lying there like that, I watched as these two magnificent animals bounded away into the thickets, their barks electrifying the air for several minutes thereafter.
Yathinyathin on July 15th, 2005 05:03 am (UTC)
I can imagine how amazing that experience could have been.

The deer alarm calls are always that electrifying because usually it means a possibility for seeing the Lord of the Jungle and even if we trigger it off, it's still exciting because our brains are tuned to get excited at that point! :)