National Geographic : 1942 Feb
Life with an Indian Prince 247 An Indian Pied Piper, in Brahman Garb, Entices Crows to Their Doom The Brahmans, a priestly caste, share their food with birds and animals, so the wily crows do not fear them. Murmuring prayers and offering scraps of food, the disguised trapper lures the crows to this field, where he has concealed his net. When his quarry has gathered, he pulls a string, flipping the net over them. A few minutes after the photograph was made, he caught 25 at one time. There's Many a Slipknot 'twixt This Shikra and His Dinner The bird is snared in a bal-chatri, an Indian trap especially designed for short-winged hawks. A partridge is placed within the framework of netting and canes. Then thin nooses are spread over the netting. The shikra, trying to get the partridge, entangles its talons in the nooses.