Monday, December 17, 2007
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.