Have you ever seen the magnificent bird that is the Great Indian Bustard? No? And the sad truth is that you probably never will..... because they are on the very brink of extinction, down to as few as 50 individuals and about to disappear forever from the earth thanks to wind farms.
The Great Indian Bustard (Ardeotis nigriceps) has historically been hunted in large numbers and its habitat reduced through agricultural expansion - yet it has somehow overcome these threats against all the odds. But, in spite of its capacity for survival, we can likely say a sad final farewell to this incredible bird because it is being killed as a direct result of those most macabre and hideous of mankinds' newest wildlife-killing inventions, wind turbines.
Marketed as 'green' but flying in the face of conservation, the wind farms and particularly the power lines that serve the wind turbines are now directly responsible for the imminent extinction of this magnificent bird.
The Great Indian Bustard lives in the Thar Desert in Rajasthan. It is a beautiful and unusual creature, standing one meter tall and similar in appearance to a small Ostrich. But unlike the Ostrich, the Bustard can fly, making it one of the heaviest of all flying birds.
Once widespread across the Indian grasslands, the bird is now largely confined to the Thar region where less than 150 individuals, at best, are believed to survive. This area is also where 'renewable' energy companies have decided to install their lethal wind farms and the associated 6,000 kilometres of power transmission lines which are now believed to kill around 18,000 birds a month through collision and electrocution, some of this number being the critically endangered Great Indian Bustard. Remains of the extraordinary bird have been discovered beneath the power lines and it is unknown just how many of the birds have been killed in this way.
Calls for the energy companies to install brightly coloured bird deterrents, possibly the only method of reducing deaths other than removing the turbines altogether, have been met with an assurance that the idea is being 'discussed' - but so far no action has been implemented and birds of several species continue to be killed in large numbers.
The Bustard is one casualty of these turbines, though similar problems occur wherever in the world there are wind farms. They are perhaps one of the biggest current threats to the survival of many species of endangered birds and their impact on wildlife and the environment must not be underestimated.
Fighting wind energy has become a personal battle of mine and my intention is to educate and inform the public about the misinformation spewed out by renewable energy companies and their underhanded methods of marketing their energy as 'green'.
I've said it many times but now I'll say it again in the name of those magnificent Indian Bustards, the latest catastrophic casualty of the money making green scam:
Wind farms represent one of the biggest environmental threats of modern times. Their manufacture, installation and operation are responsible for the decimation of environment, landscape and wildlife wherever they appear. And now it seems they might also be the nail in the coffin of yet another of the world's most beautiful creatures.
The Great Indian Bustard. R.I.P.