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The Amur Falcons of Pangti in BBC Documentary "The Hunt"

Dr. Suresh Kumar releasing the satellite-tagged bird

The Amur Falcons of Pangti have found their way in a BBC documentary titled “The Hunt” narrated by the famous naturalist David Attenborough, which focuses on prey-predator relationships. Apart from other forms of recognition that the Pangti village council has received in the past three years, this year, a framed letter of appreciation from the China Birdwatching Society, Beijing and Wildchild Children’s Society, also in Beijing, were handed over to the people of Pangti by Dr. Suresh Kumar on their behalf. 

 

A male Amur Falcon, fondly named Enenum which was tagged with a satellite tracker was released on 3rd November 2016 by a team of scientists and experts from Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun and MME/Birdlife Hungary in partnership with ministry of Environment Forest & Climate Change, Department of Environment Forest & Climate Change, Nagaland, and the coordinating unit of UNEP-CMS (Raptors MoU).

 

The team had been in Nagaland since the 26th of October, 2016. They have tagged two Amur Falcons in Yaongyimchen of Longleng. The two were named Phom and Longleng in that order. About 62 other birds were also ringed and released after data collection by the scientists. 

 

The scientists have been studying and working for conservation of these small aerial raptors by bringing the attention of the world to a small place like Nagaland. This movement has set an unprecedented example of hunters turning into conservators within a short span of time.

 

The events have revolved around drawing the attention of the local and international community to the extraordinary assembly of the birds in the forested areas of Doyang reservoir, and the importance of protecting the roosting sites of the migrating populations.

 

In 2013, three birds named Naga, Pangti and Wokha were tagged. Of the three, now only Naga is active and is at present still in China.

 

 

Every year, starting from the last week of October till the third week of November, the roosting site at Pangti receives the largest congregation of Amur falcons in the world.       

 

Source: EMN, November 2016.