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Naga, Pangti and Wokha reach Arabian Sea

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By EMN Updated: Nov 15, 2013 1:20 am
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DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 14

NO, Nagaland is not shifting to Dubai – the three Amur Falcons ‘Naga’, ‘Pangti’ and ‘Wokha’, tagged with satellite tracking devices in November in Wokha district, have reached the Arabian Sea. Current locations signalled by the trackers that the three birds are wearing show that their journey is safe, and uneventful. Naga and Pangti have reached the Arabian waters while Wokha is on her way behind her two companions, satellite feeds show.
On November 7, the three birds were among many that were tagged with tracking devices by scientists who landed in Doyang under Wokha district to study the estimated one million Amur Falcons that had roosted in the area during their annual migration to South Africa. The first three birds were named after the Naga people, Pangti village and Wokha district. Naga is male while Wokha and Pangti are female. The three aerial predators were fitted with a tiny tracking device that had an antenna and a solar panel on their backs. The satellite tag weighs only 5grams.
The birds’ migration will be monitored through satellite tracking that would be fed into a website in Hungary. Every detail of movement of the flyers would be known through the device, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Lokeswar Rao informed today in a press release.
According to latest details on the birds whereabouts, as captured by satellite-fed information, Naga started its journey by flying over Bangladesh and entered Bay of Bengal, entered Andhra Pradesh and then to Karnataka. He is now flying over the Arabian Sea, stated Rao citing recent tracking information.
Likewise, Pangti started its journey by flying over Bangladesh and entered the Bay of Bengal, entered Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad and then into Maharashtra. She is now flying over the Arabian Sea as well. The second female, Wokha, started its journey later than her first two companions. She started her journey to South Africa by flying over Bangladesh and has now entered the Bay of Bengal, Rao informed.
This is the first time the Amur Falcons were satellite tagged and released and Nagaland has entered in international map in the conservation movement. Nagaland is falcon capital of the World according to visiting ornithologists.
Like we have natural heritage of Tigers and Rhinos, we have natural heritage of Amur Falcons it is our duty to preserve this natural heritage.

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By EMN Updated: Nov 15, 2013 1:20:22 am