Apr 182014


Morning Mist and Nilgai pair in Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary

This picture has a bit of history, for those who care. It was clicked about 5 years ago with a point and shoot camera, in Sultanpur  Bird Sanctuary on the outskirts of Gurgaon. We have gone there early morning for birding with all the kids in the family in winters and it was very cold and misty. If I remember correctly one of the kids noticed some movement in distance and said there is something there. So I just pointed and clicked with my point and shoot camera.  We could not see what was there in the picture on the small screen of the Nikon Cool pix I was carrying on that misty morning.

Recently I found this picture again and decided to use some Lightroom to bring back some details in the picture, and was happy to see this Nilgai ( Boselaphus tragocamelus )pair looking in our direction. I am sure Mrs. Nilgai must have said

Ajee  Sunte ho, it seems some tourists are trying to take our pictures

to which Mr. Nilgai would have responded

Aree Bhagwan, yo tourist NA wildlife loving balak hain, kheenchan de  foto koi baat NA!”

Nilgai pair in Sultanpur bird sanctuary

Nilgai pair in early morning mist in Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary

Hence I got this picture, with the Nilgai (Blue Bull) pair perfectly posing in the frame.  As the picture was very grainy and the Nilgai’s looked tiny so I cropped the picture and then used Picassa sepia tone preset to convert it to Sepia. What do you say, was all that worth it, now that the picture looks like an old painting kind of thing?  If you see carefully just next to on the right side of desi Traveler watermark in the picture you can also see what appears like a Red Wattled Lapwing, though it is difficult to say with certainty.

One interesting fact I would like to add here is that Nilgai is not actually any kind of Gai or Cow, but actually, an antelopes just like Black Bucks found in Tal Chapar, Rajasthan.  Although I don’t understand the logic of calling a Nilgai  Blue Bull when ” Gai” means cow. Probably it is because the male Nilgai looks bluish in color from a distance while the females are more of earthy brown in color. Technically Nilgai is the largest Asian Antelope spread in most of India, except extreme  North hills, East and South like Kerala.

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  8 Responses to “Nilgai in Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary”

Comments (8)
  1. Lovely capture!

  2. Ah! a ‘lucky’ catch. 🙂

  3. Don’t you love photo surprises like that?

  4. What a lovely shot.

  5. Wow, I have to go to India sometime.

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