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.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Amur Falcon returns to Nagaland, bird lovers exult

New Delhi/Kohima | Monday, Nov 16 2015 IST

The hunters-turned-bird lovers waiting at the lakeside in Pangti village early morning cheered with joy when two radio-tagged Amur Falcons appeared on the horizon of Doyang Lake after two years, unleashing hope that the bird hasn't given up despite being hunted for what it was.

Within minutes, skyline was filled with more and more Amur Falcons, amplifying the cheers and prompting an over-awed Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar to vow that he will develop Doyang Lake as eco-tourism destination soon for the bird watchers worldwide.

Weighing only 150 gram, the agile and indefatigable raptors covered 5,600 kilometres from Mongolia to arrive in Nagaland, flying non stop for five days, five nights.

The two radio-tagged falcons, christened Naga and Pangti, named after the lakeside village Pangti, have already done two rounds from Mongolia to South Africa via Nagaland and have again returned to Nagaland this year, according to the tracking satellite data.

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