Bird Watching

Vulture Estimation at Panna Tiger Reserve. A brief field trip Report.

Vulture Estimation at Panna Tiger Reserve.  
A brief field trip Report.
-Ajay Gadikar

Vultures generally gather in  very large congregations on carcasses to feed. Good vulture population in any given area is a biological indicator of big carnivore population in the area. Luckily PTR still holds a good Vulture population.

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Bird Watching

Trenching Grounds- Alternate bird habitats

Trenching Grounds- Alternate bird habitats
-Ajay Gadikar

In today’s scenario, the trenching grounds in cities have become alternate birding habitats. At any point of time you will witness large groups of birds circling above the dumping yards. We generally avoid the areas but if you just observe the kind of avi-fauna present there, it is just phenomenal, birds of various species in large flocks are seen here.

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Burning Issues

Asia'sCritically Endangered Vultures

Asia'sCritically Endangered Vultures

-Courtesy Chris Bowden

  • Veterinary licenses to be withdrawn for two drugs – ketoprofen and aceclofenac - based on the good existing evidence that they are unsafe for vultures........................................

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Endangered

Scavengers or Lifesavers ?

Vultures have been part of our culture from time immemorial. The famous "Jatayu"of the epic Ramayana who gives up his life trying to save Sita from clutches of Ravana belonged to the vulture family. Or the cunning creatures in the animated version of The Jungle Book by Walt Disney, were also vultures.

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Endangered

Vultures - "We will survive"

Vultures - "We will survive"

Text and photographs by -Pradeep Sharma, Veterinary Officer at Department of Animal Husbandry, Govt. of Rajasthan

(Pradeep is a Vet Microbiologist and can be contacted at pradeep@gmx.it)

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Film Reviews

Indianwildlifeclub youtube channel on vulture ecosystems

See our films featuring endangered vultures in their natural eco- systems.  Do leave your comments in the channel after viewing.

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News and Views

Vultures in India-Theme of this Ezine

A look at our archived resources on articles written by concerned citizens of India. 

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