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.
Thanks for visiting
-Arpit N. Deomurari
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)
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
10. Cuckoos of the World (Helm Identification Guides)  -by Johannes Erritzoe (ISBN-13: 978-0713660340)
11. Owls of the World (Helm Photographic Guides)  – by Heimo Mikkola (ISBN-13: 978-1408130285)
12. Threatened Birds of India: Their Conservation Requirements – by Asad Rahmani (ISBN-13: 978-0198085973)