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Surya Gurung
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Surya Gurung

   Biography

By profession, I was a teacher with more than 25 years experience in teaching field. I met an American Biologist, Dr. R. DeCandido during his autumn migration count of Steppe Eagle and other raptors at Paudur Hill (also called Khare) in 1999. I became immensely interested in watching raptors and counting annually the migratory raptors from Paudur Hill owing to Dr. R. DeCandido's insights and inspiration. In spring 2003, I participated in an internship program at Hawk Mountain Sanctury, PA, USA, and studied about raptor migration, counting and monitoring. Since the internship program, I have been counting and monitoring raptors at Paudur Hill bird watch site. In fall 2005, I volunteered for Hawk Watch International as a Hawk Counter at Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA. Presently, I have enlisted several other people to help me with raptor migration counting and monitoring, conservation and their protection.

Independent researcher
Paudur Hill, Dhikur Pokhari -6, Paudur Kot,  Kaski, Gandaki, Nepal
Pokhara,  Gandaki  Nepal
Phone: +977(061) 539174, 9856024871
Email: gurungsurya@yahoo.com


   Research Interests

Raptor seasonal movement and migration.
Raptor ecology.
Raptor conservation and behavior.
Raptor field identification.
Raptor nest conservation and expeditions.
In addition to Asian raptors, I am also interested in several North American species, including California Condor, Red-tailed Hawk, and Red-tailed Hawk.

Species of Interest: 
  • Black Eagle
  • Griffon Vulture
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Amur Falcon
  • Common Kestrel
  • Lesser Kestrel
  • Booted Eagle
  • Cinereous Vulture
  • Lammergeier
  • Red-headed Vulture
  • Himalayan Vulture
  • White-rumped Vulture
  • Greater Spotted Eagle
  • Imperial Eagle
  • Steppe Eagle


   Publications

Gurung, S.B., S. Gurung, S. Gurung, and K. McCarty. 2004. Autumn 2003 raptor migration in Nepal. International Hawkwatcher 9:12-15.



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