Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Amur falcons homeward bound

After spending three months in South Africa, Amur Falcons are now returning back to their breeding site in Mongolia.

Their return has been tracked through the three Amur Falcon birds that were satellite tagged and released in Nagaland.

According to the principal chief conservator of forests and head of the forest force, Nagaland M. Lokeswara Rao, the three birds were released from Doyang in Wokha district on November 7 last year and finally reached South Africa on January 9 this year after crossing difficult journey over Arabian Sea. The Amur Falcons spent their winter in South Africa.

While starting their journey back home, the Amur Falcon named Naga was the first one to lead the journey and has reached Gujarat coast after taking different route during its backward journey.
Another bird satellite tagged and named as Pangti has been following Naga while the bird named Wokha was yet to start its journey.

It may be recalled that in November 2013, local communities in Nagaland embarked on the biggest conservation movement by satellite tagging of Amur Falcons by international scientists who declared Doyang as one of the biggest congregation of Amur Falcons (nearly one million) roosting there.
The scientist declared Nagaland as the falcon capital of the world.

On November 7, 2013, the birds were satellite tagged and released. The bird named Naga has Color Ring Number KAM, Ring Number C56801; Wokha bird with Color Ring Number KCM, Ring Number C56802 and Pangti bird with Color Ring Number KFM, Ring Number C56803.
These three birds were fitted with satellite tags with antenna and with solar panel on the back their backs which weighed only 5 grams.

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