As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Saturday 15 November 2014

Sighting of Shaheen falcons in Sikar excites bird watchers

Anindo Dey | Nov 15, 2014, 03.27 AM IST

JAIPUR: In what can be music to the ears of ornithologists in the state, a pair of Peregrine or Shaheen falcon, the state bird of Pakistan, was recently sighted in the ancient village of Harsh in Sikar. The sighting of a pair is though not the only of its kind but is said to be a rare one.

A large, crow-sized falcon, with a blue-grey back, the Shaheen falcon can fly at up to 322 km/h (200 mph) making it the fastest animal in the world. The Shaheen falcon is migratory in nature but the sighting of the pair has sparked interest amongst bird lovers, who are keeping a close watch on it as to whether the pair mates there.

"Harsh is a religious place of the Chauhans and is famous for the temple of lord Shiva. The village was plundered by the Mughals and though it was restored but not to its original glory. The village is at a height of 2,400 feet and offers a good aerial view, making it a haunt for various birds of prey," said Rajpal Singh, member state wildlife board.

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