What is Most Unique to Birds………..FLIGHT . Yes the photos says so… By Sh Vinod Goel

Who does not like to fly ? Whether as a child ,as a student , then in the profession and of course to see the world and no doubt in the dreams.
From the childhood one has seen the birds in his own compound and crossing the wall in a flick of a second. They just hop to the near by trees and reach any destination as they like. But when a child or a human being tries to do it either gets himself hurt or dies without realizing that the birds have hollow bones to have a light skeleton and some more characterstics such as wings ,beak ,eggs etc
Man has always thought of flying like a bird. Lot of pioneers risked their lives over many decades to get humans off the ground by various means such as flapping artificial wings to gliding from the high cliffs and towers.
The first flight began in the year 1783 through a hot air balloon. But the credit goes to Wright brothers from USA who invented the first successful airplane in 1903. They were in air for 12 seconds and covered 120 feet. Their achievement is called the first manned powered and controlled flight.
Within a span of 100 years we have reached a stage where most of the research is possible through unmanned spaceships. Not only that they have become part and parcel of our daily life as drones are being used for covering marriages as well as delivery of important items at your door steps.
A movie such as SPIDER MAN has broken all the records through out the world as he is able to perform the most difficult tasks. Even our film industry has not lag behind in showing the hero performing humanly impossible tasks in movies such as KRISH, A FLYING JET and so on……
I too believe in action. Although I can not fly(except By airplane or helicopter ) but like to shoot the birds in flight and peacock is one of them. Whether peafowl is going from one tree to another or going up or coming down or flying to save his life from predators or fighting with his rival for the territorial or mating right ,I have tried to capture those moments.
Birds are thought to be symbol of freedom. May cultures believe that they are a symbol of eternal life and the link between the earth and the heaves as they can soar into the sky.
Enjoy the Peafowl in flight.

About the Author

A retired civil servant by profession but a True wildlifer at Heart . Sh Vinod Goel started his journey from the tender age of 11 years, he left his home and parents for schooling in a hostel. Later on as a Civil Servant his job took him to various parts of the country of India. His very first visit to Kanha National Park in Central India in April 2004 ignited the passion for wildlife and has not digressed from that.

During the last 13 years he had been to more than 50 to 60 National parks and wildlife sanctuaries. Initially he visited the wildlife sanctuaries in the States of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttarakhand. He had been to all the National Parks of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar and West Bengal. Out of 50 tiger reserves in the country he has been to more than 20 tiger reserves and photographed tigers in 12 of them. Apart from tigers he has captured unbelievable moments in the wild.

Sh Vinod Goel is widely known in the wildlife community   and his work has been acclaimed globally. In his free time he can be seen capturing the unusual moments of denizens of the wild in various parks and sanctuaries of India. His daughter Nitya Goel Aggarwal and son Bharat Goel are with him in his mission.

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