The bone breaker-Lammergeyer
While passing the Chang La pass, found this bone breaker-Lammergeyer or bearded vulture, a near threatened species, parching at mountain cleft. With its’ 2-3 m wingspan soars high in glistering blue sky to find carcass. In the spiritual love story ‘Samsar’ (2001) set in majestic landscape of Ladakh, Pan Nalin portrays its behavior in casting scene but dropping stone to kill lambs, of course is not its natural behaviour. Lammergeyer disdains eating flesh. It picks up bone, carrying them in flight to a height of 45-150 m above and then drops them onto rocks below, smashing into smaller pieces exposing the nutritious marrow and then swallows whole or bite through brittle bones. Its powerful digestive system quickly dissolves even large pieces.