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Eurasian Griffon Vulture

Eurasian Griffon Vulture
Text and Image : Bhautik R. Desai

          In December, 2014, I was invited at  Little Rann of  Kutch (LRK) for wild Ass census(Counting  of Population).  It was held by Gujarat Forest Department.   I was allotted a location on subzone Sammi,  Kodha Environmental  Education Center.
         On 21st December I was 15k.m distance from the allotted location   when I noticed some strange movements around.  It was 2 pm in the afternoon.  
        I saw a Eurasian Griffon Vulture on some dead animal.  Using my binoculars I could see that the dead animal was a wild ass.  I clicked a shot and shared it with forest officials and guards.  They confirmed that it was indeed a Griffon Vulture Juvenile  feeding on a wild ass.  It had never been recorded before to the best of my inquiries.  
     
(Bhautik R.Desai can be contacted at   +919724757907)


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