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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 65  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 943

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Date of Web Publication6-Sep-2017

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DOI: 10.4103/neuroindia.NI_724_17

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This picture has been contributed by Dr. Avinash Haridas, Consultant Neurosurgeon, Head of the Department of Neurosurgery and Director, Centre of Neurosciences, KVM Hospital, Cherthala, Alappuzha, Kerala.

The majestic Brahminy kite (Red-backed sea eagle) is venerated throughout Asia and is the contemporary representation of ‘GARUDA’ in ancient Indian mythology – the sacred humanoid bird vehicle or “vahana” of Lord Vishnu. Garuda is also a part of the Buddhist mythology. Statues are found on the walls of Buddhist temples that symbolize the act of the bird protecting the temple from snakes. It is the national emblem of Indonesia and is the official mascot of Jakarta. In Malaysia, the island paradise of Langkawi is named after it. For the people of Borneo, it is the ultimate deity of incomparable qualities and is the God of war. In Japanese Hindu-Buddhist mythology, it is known as “Karura” – a divine creature with a human torso and bird-like head.

The Brahminy kite is found throughout the Indian subcontinent as well as in South-east Asia and Australia. In India, it is a familiar site along the western and eastern coastlines. It also inhabits mangrove swamps and the forest areas along the rivers and estuaries.

Over the years, I have tried taking its picture many times but the distance between the camera and the bird has been too long to get an appropriate picture. This bird of prey was always found gliding high up in the sky, which has resulted in less-than-ideal images. On this occasion, I was extremely lucky to capture the current image at close quarters – it was taken when this celestial bird briefly graced my uncle's house in Cherthala, Kerala.

This image was taken using a Canon EOS 1DX Mark II and the EXIF data are as follows: Lens: Canon EF 100 mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM; Focal length: 100 mm; Exposure: 1/160 sec; Aperture: f/2.8; ISO: 400; Flash: fired.

Left inset: Retrieved from the article

Meganathan HS, Rajeshwaran R, Bhuvana S. MRI findings in a fetus with a tight cord around the neck. Neurol India 2017;65:1130-1131.

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Menon G, Kongwad LI, Nair RP, Kumar V. Hemorrhagic colloid cyst. Neurol India 2017;65:1164-1167.


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