Sunday, July 27, 2014

Rare And Endangered Birds Of India By Ramki Sreenivasan

Rare And Endangered Birds Of India By Ramki Sreenivasan

Rare And Endangered Birds Of India By Ramki Sreenivasan


This gallery of avian images represents Ramki Sreenivasan’s quest to search for and document some of India’s rarest birds across the country. On an ever-changing, fast degrading subcontinent, this conservation photographer’s goal is to use imagery to spur protective action. Even most serious birders have probably never seen many of these birds leave alone photograph them. When we asked the photographer what motivated him to turn away from a successful corporate life to one that embraced wild India, he replied: “In my view travel to these natural areas does not merely feed one’s soul, but also fosters a better understanding and appreciation of the world we live in, especially the rapidly escalating threats they face. Photography is a passion for me, but I recognise that it is a powerful conservation tool that can and should be used to defend our vanishing wilderness.”
The following images were shot primarily with Canon DSLRs and Canon Telephoto (400 mm/f4 DO, 500 mm/f4, 800 mm/f5.6) lenses.
Great Indian Bustard Ardeotis nigriceps (Critically Endangered)
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 Rare And Endangered Birds Of India By Ramki Sreenivasan

This gallery of avian images represents Ramki Sreenivasan’s quest to search for and document some of India’s rarest birds across the country. On an ever-changing, fast degrading subcontinent, this conservation photographer’s goal is to use imagery to spur protective action. Even most serious birders have probably never seen many of these birds leave alone photograph them. When we asked the photographer what motivated him to turn away from a successful corporate life to one that embraced wild India, he replied: “In my view travel to these natural areas does not merely feed one’s soul, but also fosters a better understanding and appreciation of the world we live in, especially the rapidly escalating threats they face. Photography is a passion for me, but I recognise that it is a powerful conservation tool that can and should be used to defend our vanishing wilderness.”

The following images were shot primarily with Canon DSLRs and Canon Telephoto (400 mm/f4 DO, 500 mm/f4, 800 mm/f5.6) lenses.

Great Indian Bustard Ardeotis nigriceps (Critically Endangered)


Great-Indian-Bustard
The Great Indian Bustard is an iconic species now found only in India and will probably be the first species to go extinct in this generation if urgent conservation measures aren’t taken to protect its specialised grassland habitat. Extirpated from 90 per cent of its former range, it can only be seen in some very small patches in the country. Best estimates place surviving numbers at below 300 individuals, while pessimistic estimates put it at a scary 50. In addition to the usual threats of habitat loss due to agriculture and industrialisation, photographers chasing these birds (especially during the breeding season) are a very serious threat and this is something that we have to collectively stop.

Wynaad Laughingthrush Garrulax delesserti (Least Concern)