Monday, December 17, 2007

Identification, please.

I clicked this photograph some 3 odd years ago, somewhere in the back-roads of Hassan district. (Handycam with poor still-shot capabilities, beg pardon.) Rather majestic bird, great wingspan and everything.

I've spent the last hour trying to ID this bird, to no avail. Alas, wiki has finally failed me.

Many thanks will be given to the one who can identify this bird.

Psst. Those who get back to me with 'looks like an eagle' will be skewered.

Addendum: (6.55 pm, the same day)
I found it! Looks like wiki didn't fail me after all! (Even though I needed a google image search before that.)

The bird is Neophron percnopterus, the Egyptian Vulture.

Magnificient bird, this. Symbolic of one of the most ancient of the Egyptian gods, Nekhbet.

There were decent-sized populations in southern India at some point in time, apparently. Most of them have died through Diclofenac poisoning. The bird entered the IUCN red list for endangered species in 2007.

I might have caught a glimpse of one of the last thousand or so of these birds surviving in the country.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Death by cancer



56% cancer
24% car accident
13% loneliness
5% drowning of the lungs
2% wounds

You have 21221.0 days left on this earth.
You've already lived 27% of your life.

Hopefully, there would be better cures for cancer by then. That would mean that I would die of a car accident, of course. What fun. Not as good as death by firing squad, but still.

In other news, I'm home! Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
That's one 'e' for every day I'm staying here. wOOt!

Bite me if that's one too many exclamation marks for your liking.


I really liked this Lovecraft quote.

" That is not dead
Which can eternal lie,
Yet with strange aeons
Even Death may die. "

Note to self: Pick up one of his books soon.