Friday, July 15, 2011

The Oriental Darter or Indian Darter (Anhinga melanogaster)

Just as this darter was about to land, it dragged one of its wings on the surface of the lake startling a few fishes in the process, some of them jumped out of the water.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Great white pelican

Great white pelican, originally uploaded by wildlens.

After watching this beautiful sight we came to know that the pelican is carrying a piece of a fishing net which it was able to break through. a few month ago other birds were not so lucky and here was proof that nothing was being done to stop illegal fishing.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Monsoon Magic !!!!

Was roaming on the terrace one day with the camera when the clouds rolled in, 
i shot this black kite just as it entered the area of backlit clouds,
underexposing a little to get the desired result.

Nikon D7000 with Sigma 50-500 DG on tripod. 
Aperture priority mode at f8, iso 1600 EV -0.3.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Take Pride?

Gone are the days when the sky would be filled with these beautiful scavengers circling gracefully.
watching them glide so effortlessly, we humans might have got the inspiration to create Gliders.
What are we talking about?
VULTURES of course.

A single drug "Diclofenac" has been linked to the conspicuous disappearance of many of the vulture species in India, along with the fact that they lay only one egg.
Most of them are either "Endangered" or "Critically Endangered" as per The IUCN Redlist.
They have served mankind by taking care of carrion so efficiently that we didnot even notice it.
What a Reward we have given them for their service.
(what happens to vultures also happens to us, when we take the drug for extended periods.)

Can't we Ban a single Drug from veterinary use, knowing that it has been "proven" deadly for all the vulture species?

Can't we stop Building a Rope-way in a place where pilgrims have walked on foot for time immemorial, and insist on doing so even now?

With all the money earned in the bargain will we be able to create another planet to escape to when Earth becomes Inhospitable to live in?

Even if we do will we be able to manage it any better than we are doing so right now?

Its time to realise that conservation of our Forests and wildlife is not only important for the future of the Vulture, Or the Tiger (pride of India) Or the Lion (pride of Gujarat),  but for the future of Humans on the planet.

If the policy makers and industrialists think that they can earn their billions and than spend it to secure the future for their Future Generations, That would be the stupidest (i.e. The most intelligent) Idea that man would ever have had.

Can we take pride in what we have done to the planet?
Its anybody's guess.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Camouflage in Nature

Most of the species including mammals,reptiles,birds,insects,etc.
have evolved to evade their predators by blending into their surroundings.
The color of Eggs and chicks also help them to blend into their surroundings
in order to win the race of survival in the wild.
Cryptic coloration is the most common form of camouflage.
At times colorful birds can also become invisible in the right environment.
Hope you like the following images showing some of the species that use camouflage
to evade their predators
Houbara Bustard (Chlamydotis undulata) camouflage
Sykes's Nightjar or the Sindh Nightjar (Caprimulgus mahrattensis)
Eagle Owl

Yellow-footed Green Pigeon (Treron phoenicoptera)
Eurasian Stone-curlew (Burhinus oedicnemus)

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