Rare sighting of rescued Himalayan Griffon Vulture thrills Maha bird-lovers : The Tribune India

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Mumbai, Might 26

An shocking sighting of an imposing Himalayan Griffon Vulture throughout the lush inexperienced Sahyadri Tiger Reserve in Maharashtra has thrilled bird-lovers throughout the state and the nation.

Extra so, after it emerged that the fowl sighted hovering throughout the skies was really the as quickly as rescued on December 28, 2020, and spending over a month on the Malabar Consciousness & Rescue Centre for Wildlife (MARC) in Kerala’s Kannur.

“This vulture was noticed going for meals within the Jungli Jaigad Fort space of Sahyadri on Might 9 morning and forest guard Santosh Chalke managed to click on it in flight,” ornithologist and honorary Wildlife Warden Rohan Bhate suggested IANS.

Chalke provided the vulture’s pictures to Bhate for added analysis which revealed an orange tag on the majestic vulture’s correct wing which was affixed by MARC scientific and migratory analysis sooner than it was launched throughout the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary on January 31.

After its launch, the Himalayan Griffon Vulture was seen solely as quickly as on February 28, feasting over a carcass in Kerala with many various vultures, as per a MARC report, and adopted by the latest sighting in Sahyadri Tiger Reserve a fortnight up to now.

Later, the workers of Bhate, Chalke, and others saved a vigil for over each week, nevertheless it was not seen as soon as extra. “This spells good tidings…. It’s a juvenile fowl, round 1 12 months previous, was rescued by a staff of birdlovers together with R. Roshnath and C. Sashikumar of MARC. Its sighting is an indicator that the rescue effort was profitable and it had tailored once more within the wild,” Deputy Director, Bombay Pure Historical previous Society (BNHS) and Principal Scientist of its Vulture Breeding Programme, Dr Vibhu Prakash suggested IANS in Mumbai.

Himalayan Griffon Vultures are usually current in Tibet, Mongolia, southwest China, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, southern Europe aside from the arid areas of north and northwest elements of India.

Bhate said that the huge and opulent fowl stands spherical 125 cms tall, with an enormous wingspan of spherical 3 metres (8-9 ft), frequent weight of male-female 8-10 kgs, with white feathers on the head, buff coloured on the once more, with darkish brown-black tail-feathers and a black bill.

As with all vultures, it’s a scavenger and relishes rotting meat, builds its nest extreme on cliffs or ridges and is a poor breeder with the female laying one egg a 12 months a majority of the eggs or chicks fall prey to completely different predators, though the survivors can reside previous 40 years, added Dr Prakash.

To a question, Dr Prakash said that this vulture could reside throughout the neighborhood till Winter 2021-2022 sooner than it’d fly once more to its frequent environs north of the Himalayan differ or japanese Europe, as this species can fly 1000’s of kms all through migration.

Roshnath and Sashikumar’s report said that the Himalayan Griffon Vultures recorded sightings have been barely two-three in south India before now 30 years, whereas Bhate seen one in Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary, which is part of the Sahyadri Tiger Reserve. IANS

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