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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Black Hawk Down

I have been travelling across South India since the last 25 days......on the way from Coimbatore to Madurai on a balmy evening between alternate groves of coconut orchards and paddy fields I saw two pairs of sparrow hawks with their typical hovering high in the sky minutes before striking a bandicoot or mouse hidden in the crops.

The sightings have energised me...of all India's magnificent birds hardly few outside the naturalists are aware of the various hawks found in India and now alas on the verge of extinction.What magnificent predators,the peregrine,sparrowhawk,brahminy kite,fishing eagle...

No less than the corporate or stock market predators,but the sightings made all the discomforts of somuch travelling worth its while.I did also meet a scientist going to Nandankanan Zoo in Orissa who was an expert on captive breeding.

I am sure there will come a time when specific companies dealing in animal research will need funding and the necessity of reaching the public through stock exchanges.

The future generations need to know what this Earth once was....and I just don't mean the Tiger...!!