Castles in the air - they are so easy to take refuge in. And so easy to build, too.

आम्हां घरी धन शब्दांचीच रत्नें | शब्दांचीच शस्त्रें यत्न करुं ||
शब्द चि आमुच्या जीवांचे जीवन | शब्दें वांटूं धन जनलोकां ||
तुका म्हणे पाहा शब्द चि हा देव | शब्द चि गौरव पूजा करुं ||
- abhang of Tukaram Wolhoba Ambile of Dehu

There's No Freedom Like That of a Child's Imagination

கடலுக்கு உண்டு கற்பனைக்கு இல்லை கட்டுப்பாடு

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Hooray for the Lammergeier


(Picture source: Wikimedia Commons, Author: Richard Bartz)


This is Gypaetus barbatus, commonly the bearded vulture or the lammergeier. One of my greatest wishes during my Ladakh trip was to see this humongous bird, but that wish remained unfulfilled. This is because the lammergeier, like other vulture species has had a sharp population decline.

However, there is hope that populations of the lammergeier (a better name than bearded vulture) are recovering, as a report (1,2) from Spiti indicates.

Hooray! I hope it becomes common enough that amateurs like me can sight it again.

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