Indian vulture (critically endengered).
Vultures are scavengers, living off dead bodies, and cattle carcasses are the most common food source in a country with the world’s largest cattle population, and where handling of carrion has religious and caste taboos. It was left to the vultures to do the unsavoury job of efficiently getting rid of rotting carcasses. The long naked necks of vultures – especially of the Gyps genre – are designed to dig deep into a carcass
In just over a decade, they were gone, their numbers plummeting to near extinction. Among three of India’s vulture species of the genus “Gyps”, the long-billed (Gyps indicus) and the slender-billed (G tenuirostris) had crashed by an astounding 97%, while in the white-rumped (G bengalensis), the decline was even more catastrophic, at 99.9% between 1992 and 2007.
This is the fastest decline of any bird species ever reported anywhere in the world,” #predator #birdsofinstagram #birdsofprey #birdsofinstagram #savehabitat #birds_of_ig #birds #birdsconservation #conservation #protectthebirds #endengredanimals #nikon #nikonphotography #naturephotography #natureinfocus #protectionanimale #birdsofmaharashtra #maharashtra #nikonbirder #nikond7200
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This book is about an actual crime which took place in Tring, England at the British Museum of Natural History. And it is an outrageous crime. And yet, the obsession of the art of fly-tying and its enthusiasts is fascinating. This is is a thorough look at the crime written by a man dedicated to helping recover many of the stolen bird skins. It is mostly a story of greed, obsession and our human ability to defile beauty in nature for our own pleasures, fashions and hobbies. 🦅
In 2009 a young man named Edwin Rist, a world renown salmon fly-tier, broke into the museum and stole 299 rare exotic bird skins for the harvesting of their feathers, to use and sell for high profit. Tragically, many of the valuable scientific specimens were never recovered. I was riveted to this story and saddened by its reality.
Thank you to a dear friend, creative artist and bird lover for sending me this book! @swiggettcarol
I loved it.
#thefeatherthief #protectthebirds #truecrime #guardianbooks #kirkwallacejohnson
A first for me!
‘Cranespotting’. This morning we observed hundreds of lesser sandhill cranes making pit stops at Jasper County’s Fish and Wildlife Area during their annual migration south. We learnt they congregate at sunrise and sunset and may need to revisit then in November where their numbers are said to peak in the thousands! To learn more about these noisy magnificent birds, see- https://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/3109.htm #sandhillcrane #fujixh1 #fujifilm #birdwatching #protectthebirds
You are not a real birder until you can appreciate the beauty of the sparrows.
Photo of White-crowned Sparrow
in supporting the Clean Air, Clean Energy Initiative 1631 at a canvassing event, by phone banking, or texting this Saturday, October 20!#yeson1631 #protectthebirds
When we all flock together, anything is possible. Thanks to all our amazing #audubon
chapters in Washington for another inspiring and informative annual meeting. #ACOW2018 #protectthebirds
Isn’t it beautiful!
Even the Simple Birds are Beautiful!
Photo of Eastern Phoebe