About

Arpit Deomurari

I’m technocrat trying to find out smarter ways to get away from the “technology world” for my pursuits in wildlife. Nature is a passion and sheer poetry for my soul. I’m totally fascinated by the wonders of the natural world. I have a keen interest in Avian Research specially Distribution and Environmental Niche Modeling, Population Dynamics of Waders, Breeding Biology of Gulls and Terns. My enduring love for natural history was ignited while working on Marine Biology during his earlier days at the Gulf of Kutch.

An ornithologist at heart and an aspiring professional wildlife photographer, I found my niche in Scientific Avian Photography. Thus I prefer to show, as much as possible, all the variation of plumages, habitats, behaviours etc in my photographs. I strongly argue that wildlife photography is much more than just paraphernalia; it is essentially a way of looking at nature with a degree of sensitivity and understanding.

I believe that wildlife photography is much more than just equipment and materials. It is essentially a way of looking at nature with a kind of sensitivity and response. I also involved in wildlife protection and related projects by contributing my images to various organizations across the world. Hoping to inspire and ignite young minds about the need for wildlife conservation, I had delivered lectures to various sections of the society covering various aspects from Photography to conservation practices. Little did I know how difficult it was going to be Bird Photographer, which makes what they do all the more admirable.

Myself now works for ICT4C (Information and Communication for Conservation) in order to spread awareness about wildlife and biodiversity among amateurs. I believe that one of the fundamental issues in the conservation of biodiversity is the non-availability of adequate and reliable information on a single platform, which would help in developing appropriate conservation strategies. I argue that in order to fill this gap, amateurs need to be better informed so that they can contribute to recording data and leave a useful legacy for the future. My work on IBIS (Indian Biodiversity Information System) is a step towards this and is being appreciated worldwide. IBIS is a web portal launched by the Foundation for Ecological Security.

IBIS Portals are intended to be niche portals featuring taxa groups of Indian flora and fauna, e.g., birds and mammals, and covering a wealth of information on each taxa group and its species – an exhaustive bibliography with world coverage, historical accounts of species, museum collections and other interesting facts. I have already developed the IBIS Portal on Birds, An Avian Information System (AVIS-IBIS). Launched in 2010, AVIS is a product of 10 years of painstaking data collection and collation by me. Now I’m working on similar portals on mammals, reptiles and amphibians & flora.

I have been awarded Carl Zeiss Award for Wildlife Conservation 2012 for my contribution on AVIS-IBIS Portals.

My most of the work is concentrated in Gujarat, Its one of, if not the best, place for wildlife photography. At present I seem to be concentrating on wild bird photography. I love photographing Birds especially Waders/Shorebirds and Seabirds.

Many national and international publications, books, scientific journals and monographs have used and published my photographs. Hoping to inspire people and ignite young minds about the need for wildlife conservation, I eagerly implicates myself in wildlife conservation and related projects by contributing scientific images to various organizations across the world. I have delivered lectures to various sections of the society, covering aspects ranging from photography to conservation practices.

I’m currently working as a Deputy Manager - Bioinformatics and GIS, in FES, Anand and  the Principal Architect of IBIS Portals.

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-Arpit N. Deomurari

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Arpit Deomurari receiving Carl Zeiss Award for Wildlife Conservation 2012 from Sh. Salman Khurshid Cabinet Minister of the Ministry of Law and Justice and Ministry of Minority Affairs

Arpit Deomurari receiving Carl Zeiss Award for Wildlife Conservation 2012

Arpit Deomurari receiving Carl Zeiss Award for Wildlife Conservation 2012 from Sh. Salman Khurshid Cabinet Minister of the Ministry of Law and Justice and Ministry of Minority Affairs

Arpit Deomurari receiving Carl Zeiss Award for Wildlife Conservation 2012

 


I have contributed my Images to many publications some worth mentioning are…..

1. Handbook of the Birds of the World (Weavers to New World Warblers, Volume 15) by Andrew Elliott, Jordi Sargatal, and Nigel J.Collar Josep del Hoyo (ISBN 13: 9788496553682)

2. Reed and Bush Warblers (Helm Identification Guides) by David Pearson, Peter Kennerley, and Brian Small (ISBN 13: 9780713660227)

3. Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names by James A. Jobling (ISBN 13: 9781408125014)

4. Shorebirds of North America, Europe, and Asia: A Photographic Guide - by Richard J. Chandler (ISBN 13: 9780691142814)

5. A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Bangladesh – Ronald R. Halder

6. Rare Birds Yearbook 2008: The World’s 189 Most Threatened Birds -by Erik Hirschfeld (ISBN 13: 9780955260735)

7. Wild Fauna of Gujarat, Government of Gujarat, Pugmark Consortium

8. Journeys through India’s Last Wild Places by Sunjoy Monga

9. Handbook of the Mammals of the World – Volume 2, Edited by Don E. Wilson, Russell A. Mittermeier and Illustrated by Toni Llobet  (ISBN-13: 9788496553774)

10. Cuckoos of the World (Helm Identification Guides) [2012] -by Johannes Erritzoe (ISBN-13: 978-0713660340)

11. Owls of the World (Helm Photographic Guides) [2012] – by Heimo Mikkola (ISBN-13: 978-1408130285)

12. Threatened Birds of India: Their Conservation Requirements – by Asad Rahmani (ISBN-13: 978-0198085973)

 

Handbook of the Mammals of the World - Volume 2, Edited by Don E. Wilson, Russell A. Mittermeier and Illustrated by Toni Llobet (ISBN-13: 9788496553774)

Handbook of the Mammals of the World – Volume 2, Edited by Don E. Wilson, Russell A. Mittermeier and Illustrated by Toni Llobet (ISBN-13: 9788496553774)

Handbook of the Birds of the World (Weavers to New World Warblers, Volume 15) by Andrew Elliott, Jordi Sargatal, and Nigel J.Collar Josep del Hoyo (ISBN 13: 9788496553682)

Handbook of the Birds of the World (Weavers to New World Warblers, Volume 15) by Andrew Elliott, Jordi Sargatal, and Nigel J.Collar Josep del Hoyo (ISBN 13: 9788496553682)

Threatened Birds of India: Their Conservation Requirements - by Asad Rahmani (ISBN-13: 978-0198085973)

Threatened Birds of India: Their Conservation Requirements – by Asad Rahmani (ISBN-13: 978-0198085973)

Shorebirds of North America, Europe, and Asia: A Photographic Guide - by Richard J. Chandler (ISBN 13: 9780691142814)

Shorebirds of North America, Europe, and Asia: A Photographic Guide – by Richard J. Chandler (ISBN 13: 9780691142814)

Reed and Bush Warblers (Helm Identification Guides) by David Pearson, Peter Kennerley, and Brian Small (ISBN 13: 9780713660227)

Reed and Bush Warblers (Helm Identification Guides) by David Pearson, Peter Kennerley, and Brian Small (ISBN 13: 9780713660227)

Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names by James A. Jobling

Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names by James A. Jobling

Cuckoos of the World (Helm Identification Guides) [2012] -by Johannes Erritzoe (ISBN-13: 978-0713660340)

Cuckoos of the World (Helm Identification Guides) [2012] -by Johannes Erritzoe (ISBN-13: 978-0713660340)

Owls of the World (Helm Photographic Guides) [2012] - by Heimo Mikkola (ISBN-13: 978-1408130285)

Owls of the World (Helm Photographic Guides) [2012] – by Heimo Mikkola (ISBN-13: 978-1408130285)

Rare Birds Yearbook 2008: The World's 189 Most Threatened Birds -by Erik Hirschfeld (ISBN 13: 9780955260735)

Rare Birds Yearbook 2008: The World’s 189 Most Threatened Birds -by Erik Hirschfeld (ISBN 13: 9780955260735)

A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Bangladesh - Ronald R. Halder

A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Bangladesh – Ronald R. Halder

Journeys through India's Last Wild Places by Sunjoy Monga

Journeys through India’s Last Wild Places by Sunjoy Monga

Wild Fauna of Gujarat, Government of Gujarat, Pugmark Consortium

Wild Fauna of Gujarat, Government of Gujarat, Pugmark Consortium

 


12 Responses to About

  1. Lavkumar Khachar says:

    Now this is better! How does one have ones own website?

    You have progressed far and I am very happy to see this. A pity you do not keep in contact and that there is not more from you in Vihang. You just must be more concerned about your being appreciated by a vast number of Gujaratis. It is all very well being known by a few Western scientists. It is the vast public support of the common man that alone can help the birds of any area.

  2. Manoj Kulshreshtha says:

    Dera Arpit. Great to know about your interest in Nature and wild Life. I coordinated ” Save Bustard Campaign” in Rajasthan with Dr. Rahmani and also participated in Florican surveys with Ravi Sankaran in Rajasthan. The forester told me that you were at Sonkhaliya to see Lesser Florican and showed me few of them. I also saw A huge displaying GIB male there. You can visit my Facebook profile named Wild Brook and check for some bird pictures. I come from the old school and just document what I see meaning no photographic skills so do not try to se quality. You all with big lenses are quite expert in that.
    I wish you good luck in all what you plan.
    Manoj Kulshreshtha
    Mobile: 09314880887

  3. Dr. Tarun joshi & Dr.Gayatri joshi says:

    Dear Arpit, Very warm congratulation from the deep of our heart.Keep it up…… Glorious achivement……

  4. Sumit Das says:

    Hi Arpit!
    It was really a great pleasure and also priviledge to go through the tremendous flow of info at AVIS-IBIS. Unfortunately, I could not find what I was looking for- Approximate weight/Average mass for each of the bird species documented.
    It would be greatly appreciated if you can guide me on this topic.
    A fantastic compilation although, indeed!
    :)

    • Hi there…

      It’s tough to get and compile Avian Body Mass data…but there is a book called “CRC Handbook of Avian Body Masses, 2nd Edition” by Dunning which is a kind of authority in this topic. Meanwhile we are working on AVIS-IBIS revision to new platform with updates and upgrades to datasets, user interface and functionality. So keep watching the space. You can also let us know any improvement you would like to see in AVIS-IBIS.

      Amazon Link : http://www.amazon.com/Handbook-Avian-Body-Masses-Second/dp/1420064444

      For Indian Birds if you refer museum collection catalog you can get this data. say for BNHS series of papers by Abdulali, Humayun titled as A catalogue of the birds in the collection of the Bombay Natural History Society

  5. Sohail says:

    Hello Arpit,
    This is Sohail, whom you had graciously helped with flamingo video clips for the documentary on Indian ornithology for SACON. It is time now when I need more help/advise from you. I am making a short film for DD on flamingos of Mumbai and the challenges they face owing to pollution. I am looking for some more video clips from Rann of Katchh as also any information which would be of help. Thanks.

  6. bertus de lange says:

    Dear Arpit,

    can you help me in finding a good guide to visist SONKHALIYA GRASSLANDS – AJMER for this summer (somewhere between July-August 2014)

    Thanks in advance!

    Bertus de Lange , the Netherlands

  7. koushik says:

    Dear Sir

    we are a small publishing house based in caccutta and publish books on nature and wildlife at minimum price, our recent project is mammals of west bengal for which we need some good pictures from people like you, is it possible to contribute some valuable pictures of yours for conservation purpose then i shall send you the list

    pls send me your e mail id

    regards

  8. Danilo Bonanni says:

    I am a young graduate in Natural Sciences at La Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. I am carrying out research work in Zoology for the scientific curriculum of mine, in view of a forthcoming competitive examination in the field of my own graduation subject.

    I am just finishing a scientific textbook in encyclopedic format concerning Mammals and Motherhood for academic press. The text I’m composing provides a scientific fact sheet and some of the most interesting and significant snapshots I have retrieved both in referred publications both among the image files kindly posted by authors and users in the web.

    Specifically I would like to use the following image of yours:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/deomurari/2412175677/

    I kindly ask you whether it is no problem authorizing me to include this snapshot of yours in the scientific publication of mine. A page of my work shall be expressly dedicated to the acknowledgments and in full citation of pictures’ owners, including a comment for further divulgation of their own scientific-artistic work and any other information the authors/users wish to provide about their own scientific activity.

    I’d like to make it clear that the publication of mine is not a naturalistic photographic book for bookstores but a scientific textbook with academic circulation.

    Waiting for the reply of yours, I greet and thank you.

    Sincerely,

    Danilo M. Bonanni

    P.S.

    This message has been forwarded to the Flickr account of yours too.

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