Saturday, December 13, 2014

Amur Falcons

Amur Falcon
A trip to Doyang-Pangti area in Nagaland in October is a must visit for anyone who wishes to witness these amazing migratory raptors. Amur Falcons are sighted in the Doyang Pangti area near Kohima in Nagaland. What is amazing about this migratory phenomenon is the sheer number of these birds. From a distance it would seem like the sky is full of insects and not birds.

Every October these Falcons can be seen migrating in large numbers over the Doyang-Pangti area near Kohima. They fly over India from Siberia and their final destination is South Africa.I am sharing photographs borrowed from Soma Jha who was there in Nagaland in October.

Because of the sheer numbers in which they migrate, the Amur Falcons become vulnerable and many of these birds do not survive this journey, not because of natural reasons, but purely because they are hunted for food. In parts of North-Eastern India, they are trapped and captured in large numbers.

However, on a positive note, there is now a fair bit of awareness about this and campaigns to protect these birds are helping in cutting down the mass hunting.

If you are interested here is a link to a very recently published article from Indian express about the conservation and protection of the Amur Falcons.

Doyang reservoir Nagaland

More Amur Falcons:)

Amur Flacons all lined up!

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