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Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark – Female feeding juvenile

Aug 06 2012

Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark (Eremopterix nigriceps) Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark is a rare resident of North Western India, found in dry habitats in Rajasthan and Gujarat. The male is distinguished from its more widespread cousin, the Ashy-crowned Sparrow-Lark by the black crown. The females can’t be told apart easily in the field. This bird was photographed at Tal Chapar Wildlife Sanctuary, Rajasthan on April 05, 2011.

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Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark – Male

Aug 06 2012

Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark (Eremopterix nigriceps) Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark is a rare resident of North Western India, found in dry habitats in Rajasthan and Gujarat. The male is distinguished from its more widespread cousin, the Ashy-crowned Sparrow-Lark by the black crown. The females can’t be told apart easily in the field. This bird was photographed at Tal Chapar Wildlife Sanctuary, Rajasthan on April 05, 2011.

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Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark – Male

Aug 06 2012

Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark (Eremopterix nigriceps) Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark is a rare resident of North Western India, found in dry habitats in Rajasthan and Gujarat. The male is distinguished from its more widespread cousin, the Ashy-crowned Sparrow-Lark by the black crown. The females can’t be told apart easily in the field. This bird was photographed at Tal Chapar Wildlife Sanctuary, Rajasthan on April 05, 2011.

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Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark – Male

Aug 06 2012

Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark (Eremopterix nigriceps) Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark is a rare resident of North Western India, found in dry habitats in Rajasthan and Gujarat. The male is distinguished from its more widespread cousin, the Ashy-crowned Sparrow-Lark by the black crown. The females can’t be told apart easily in the field. This bird was photographed at Tal Chapar Wildlife Sanctuary, Rajasthan on April 05, 2011.

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Eastern Imperial Eagle – Juvenile

Aug 06 2012

Eastern Imperial Eagle (Aquila heliaca) This large eagle is a winter visitor to parts of North-Western India. A winter visitor from Europe and Central Asia, this majestic bird is seen in Rajasthan and Gujarat. The image is that of a juvenile bird. It had just finished quarreling with a Red-headed Vulture and settled on the tree to warm itself up in the rising sun. This bird was photographed in Tal Chapar Wildlife Sanctuary, Rajasthan on November 21, 2010.

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Red-headed Vulture – Juvenile

Aug 06 2012

Red-headed Vulture (Sarcogyps calvus) Also known as the Asian King Vulture, this magnificent vulture was a very common sight in India a couple of decades ago. As with many other vulture species, their numbers have fallen (dramatically is an understatement) due to excessive use of the veterinary drug Diclofenac, which is highly poisonous for the birds. Juveniles, like this one, are invaluable for the survival of this species. This one would take around 3 to 4 years to assume adult plumage (pink head and dark wings). This bird was photographed in Tal Chapar Wildlife Sanctuary on November 21, 2010.

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Red-headed Vulture – Juvenile

Aug 06 2012

Red-headed Vulture (Sarcogyps calvus) Also known as the Asian King Vulture, this magnificent vulture was a very common sight in India a couple of decades ago. As with many other vulture species, their numbers have fallen (dramatically is an understatement) due to excessive use of the veterinary drug Diclofenac, which is highly poisonous for the birds. Juveniles, like this one, are invaluable for the survival of this species. This one would take around 3 to 4 years to assume adult plumage (pink head and dark wings). This bird was photographed in Tal Chapar Wildlife Sanctuary on November 21, 2010.

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Sociable Lapwing

Aug 06 2012

Sociable Lapwing (Vanellus gregarius) This is a Critically Endangered bird that winters in India. Flocks of these birds migrate to North Western India (Rajasthan and Kutch) during winters from their breeding grounds in Russia and Kazakhstan. Their number was estimated to be around 600-1800 individuals, before a superflock of around 3200 individuals was discovered in Turkey in 2007. This bird was photographed in Tal Chapar Wildlife Sanctuary, Rajasthan on November 17, 2010.

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Sociable Lapwing

Aug 06 2012

Sociable Lapwing (Vanellus gregarius) This is a Critically Endangered bird that winters in India. Flocks of these birds migrate to North Western India (Rajasthan and Kutch) during winters from their breeding grounds in Russia and Kazakhstan. Their number was estimated to be around 600-1800 individuals, before a superflock of around 3200 individuals was discovered in Turkey in 2007. This bird was photographed in Tal Chapar Wildlife Sanctuary, Rajasthan on November 17, 2010.

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