Witness the spectacular migration of Amur Falcons in Nagaland as they arrive end of October till early November in thousands from Sibera & northern China before taking off for Africa. All Rights Reserved. The Amur falcon breeds in east Asia from the Transbaikalia, Amurland, and northern Mongolian region to parts of North Korea. Overnight in Kaziranga. The trip itinerary is developed many months ahead of time. With wildlife and birding expert. Overnight Wild Mahseer. Cost is $9,500 per person, based upon double occupancy, from Delhi, India (Airport code DEL).This trip ends in Delhi, India (Airport code DEL). This prompted the local people, each season, to capture 10-12,000 falcons per day with nets, to sell them as food in the surrounding communities. Early morning Jeep Safari, returning to the lodge for lunch and siesta. When this was witnessed by a local conservationist, she quickly jumped into action, gathered help and shared the story of the Amur Falcon migration, from Siberia to South Africa and back. When this was witnessed by a local conservationist, she quickly jumped into action, gathered help and shared the story of the Amur Falcon migration, from Siberia to South Africa and back. Beautiful, colonial-style bungalows on a tea plantation offer en suite facilities and AC. Today we will venture to the falcon watch platform early in the morning to enjoy the fly-out of thousands of Amur Falcons. Pangti village has hosting the Amur Falcons for a few of years, where it roosts near the Doyang Reservoir. The festival celebrates Amur Falcons that travel up to 22,000 km per year, and come from South Eastern Siberia and Northern China. When this happened, it was found that the hundreds of thousands of Amur Falcons who had been migrating through the region were stopping for days at a time. We use cookies for fundamental functionalities and for analytics. Incredible wildlife jeep safaris include the endangered Asian One-horned Rhino. We’ll have the opportunity to watch Stump-tailed Macaque, Pig-tailed Macaque, Capped Langur, Malayan Giant Squirrel and more. The following season less than 1000 falcons were killed in total! It also is unusual in migrating over sea and migrates during the night (Meyburg 2010). Since 1993, Wildside has offered birding tours and photo workshops that adhere to strong ethical standards. Green groups estimate that at least 120,000 birds were killed every year. Gadding About in Nagaland (The Amur Falcon Migration) Posted on November 25, 2018 by ganevesgadabouts We timed our visit to coincide with the short sojourn the tiny Amur Falcon makes in northern Nagaland to rest and recuperate between its long winter migration flight from the North China and Siberian plains to the South African shores. Up to a million Amur Falcon come through this area in a 10-day period each year Together they convinced the tribal elders that the falcons needed to be protected, and the elders agreed. Amurs, however, breed in wooded margins and the edges of savannas from eastern China and North Korea to parts of Siberia and Mongolia (an area roughly a third the size of the Lower 48 in the U.S.), from which they make one of the longest migrations of any raptor in the world, some 8,000 miles one way to southern Africa. The tribal region was only ‘opened’ by the Indian government in very recent years, to allow outsiders to explore the region. Returning to our accommodation for lunch we enjoy the local culture before searching for falcons and other birds along the road in late afternoon, before returning for the fly-in near dark. Sorry, you have Javascript Disabled! Amur Flacons are protected under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, and hunting, trapping, killing or selling of Amur Flacons can lead to 3 years imprisonment or a fine of Rs 25000 or both under Section 51 of the Act. It is also one of the most successful conservation stories of recent times. From: $9,500 (See details) Pangti Home Stay The Amur Falcon is a complete, long distance, trans-equatorial migrant (Bildstein 2006). They migrate in a broad front through India and Sri Lanka, sometimes further east over Thailand and Cambodia and then over the Arabian Sea, sometimes in passage on the Maldives and other islands to reach southern Africa. A total of eight News & Updates Post walk, back to a nearby camp for breakfast. Upon entry to the state they were told by a police officer, “I’ve never seen people like you!”. Refunds will not be issued as a result of itinerary changes. The tour cost will vary with the number of people and any custom requests. Till a few years back villagers in Nagaland have been hunting or rather massacring the birds for their meat. Among the rich birdlife are the rare Greater Adjutant stork, Bengal Florican, Black-necked Stork, Lesser Adjutant stork, Pallas’s Fish Eagle, Swamp Partridge, Grey Peacock-pheasant, Great Pied Hornbill, Green Imperial Pigeon, babblers and thousands of migratory birds, seasonally attracted to the various water areas of the park from as far away as Siberia. On your arrival at international airport in Delhi and after clearing customs & immigration, our representative will greet you and transfer to the hotel. Deposit may be made online by clicking the "Book Your Trip Now" button and using any credit card. In these situations, it is the leader(s) responsibility to carefully consider and implement appropriate alternatives. Be sure to check the requirements for your country of origin. The Amur Falcon Conversation Week and Festival is set to start from November 8, 2018, at Doyang, Wokha district, Nagaland. They visit India while doing so. Day 12 – Return to Guwahati, Delhi – USA. Trip Insurance Based on his tweet, the Amur Falcon covers a total of 22,000 km by flying. Later departure transfer to international airport to board flight to USA. Overnight in Jorhat. Be a part of this amazing conservation story, Observe the largest single raptor species migration in the world, Up to a million Amur Falcon come through this area in a 10-day period each year, Nagaland is India’s most remote state, opened only recently to outsiders, Incredible wildlife jeep safaris include the endangered Asian One-horned Rhino. Though the falcons were the crown jewels, the rest of the trip was also thrilling, from watching the primates of the gibbon sanctuary to seeing rhinos up close from the back of an elephant. Early morning drive to Gibbon Wildlife sanctuary to explore the most concentrate habitat of Western Hoolock Gibbon. (Day 0 – Depart USA for overnight flight.). The Amur falcon is a small raptor of the falcon family that breeds in Siberia and Northern China and migrates to winter in Southern Africa. 4 weeks ago November 3, 2020 Amur Falcon Mon Dimapur, November 3: Mon District administration has banned hunting, trapping and killing of Amur Flacons in Mon District. This is the first time Amur falcons in Nagaland were satellite-tagged and their movements to … One such plan was to satellite track Amur Falcon to better understand their behaviour and ecology during their presence in Nagaland, along the migration routes, and in the wintering areas in Africa. With environment-sensitive cottages overlooking the river, Park or verdant farmland, Diphlu River Lodge combines modern comforts with the thrill of the wild with a plethora of activities to enthral your every sense. The Amur Falcon, a slim little raptor that feeds largely on insects, is slightly bigger than an American Kestrel. Day 10 – Drive to Wild Mahseer. Early morning drive to Pangti village (4-Hours with good conditions) in Nagaland through Merapani. The females and juveniles are very different, their white undersides barred with black and lightly washed with buff on the chest, the face distinctly “mustached” after the fashion of most falcons. From 2010, Amur Falcons have also taken abode in villages in Assam-Meghalaya border as a stop-over and roosting site. Exquisite meals are all served family style in the restaurant. Shared bathrooms and bucket wash bath-house. It is home to a wide variety of other animals and birds, and the open vistas make it relatively easy to see many species of wildlife in a day. Diphlu River Lodge However, Nagaland is a “dry” state, so you will have to wait until our next lodging to enjoy wine or beer. Early morning go for a walk inside the park to look for illusive and endangered White-winged Duck and other birds in the park. Yes, the Pangti portion will have some small inconveniences. It is believed to be possibly the biggest falcon roosts in the world. 2017 Trip Report “A GALAXY OF FALCONS” article by Scott Weidensaul, Mailing Address: Day 12 – Balipara – Guwahati – Delhi – Home. If they’re to survive, they must top off their tanks before they leave land. In order to hold your space, click the "Book Your Trip Now" button above and complete the deposit process, including payment of the deposit through our Paypal portal using ANY CREDIT CARD. Today we will venture to the falcon watch platform early in the morning to enjoy the fly-out of thousands of Amur Falcons. Along with the Indian Rhino, the Park contains about 35 major mammals, including Wild Elephant, Tiger, small population of Hoolock Gibbon, Capped Langur, Bristly Hare, Hog Badger, Otter, Leopard, Wild Boar, Sambar, Swamp Deer, Hog Deer, Muntjac, Water Buffalo and Gaur. In 2019, Kevin and Scott will be leading Wildside’s second official tour to the region. Rest of afternoon free to relax. This means the falcons must beat their wings continuously on their transoceanic trip, which may take them four or five days. Yardley, PA 19067, Meet Our Team This is one of the most amazing conservation stories in history! Amur falcons travel up to 22,000 km a year — one of the longest distances of migration. Do not purchase your flights until the trip has been confirmed to go. Along the way, they fly 2,400 miles across the Indian Ocean. This entire effort has been led by a fiesty journalist-turned-conservationist Bano Haralu. Cost is per person, double occupancy from Delhi, India (DEL). It is believed to be possibly the biggest falcon roosts in the world. He mentions that Nagaland is known for million Amur falcons coming to the state each year and that is why it is also known as the Amur faclon capital of the world. Amur Falcons weighing on average 170 grams are long-distance migratory birds and arrive in North East India mainly in Manipur and Nagaland on their south-bound migration during October from their breeding grounds in Northern If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with it. October 2018, Catherine Hamilton and Luke Tiller led Wildside’s inaugural tour to Nagaland with great success. Doyang Lake in Nagaland has been a well-known stop-over and roost site for Amur Falcons. Registration and Cancellation Nestled on the banks of the picturesque Diphlu River which meanders by the celebrated Kaziranga National Park, Diphlu River Lodge is the ideal getaway for a never-before intimacy with the natural world. Worker termites chew tunnels to the surface, out of which emerge trillions of winged, inch-long fertile adults known as alates—fat-rich and the perfect food for an insectivorous falcon about to risk an ocean crossing. Then, after Pangti, we treat you to all luxury accommodations as we visit a couple magnificent locations in Assam… including the last strong-hold of the Asian One-horned Rhino, Kasiranga National Park. If not already completed, please enter the tour name above. See above for any required visa information. File photo of Irang, the satellite tagged Amur Falcon, which recently arrived in Puching Village of Manipur’s Tamenglong District. We also have the chance to see Sultan Tit, Scarlet Minivet, Pale Blue and Pale chinned Flycatcher and others. Overnight in Kaziranga. Our next three nights will be in Pangti Village in a home-stay. Wildside Nature Tours Overnight in Pangti. Overnight Wild Mahseer. The males are dark gray above, paler below, with elegantly contrasting white wing linings and a splash of bright rufous on the thighs and undertail coverts. Any additional costs incurred because of changes will be the responsibility of each individual participant. The largest number of one-horned rhinoceros in the world roams its swamps, grasslands with tall thickets of elephant grass and areas of mixed deciduous and tropical semi-evergreen forest. Using web-based tools, the With incredible help from Zeiss Optics, the team of five visited Nagaland to see the spectacle themselves. Occasionally, despite our best planning, changes may occur during the trip, or we may be forced to alter our plans. © 2020 Wildside Nature Tours. After breakfast, we’ll drive to Kaziranga National Park (4 – 5 hours drive) famous as the only natural habitat of the Great Indian (Asian One-horned) Rhinoceros. NAGALAND: Amur Falcon Migration Spectacle. The Amur Falcon is a fascinating migratory raptor. • Accommodations in Pangti are rustic, with very simple rooms, minimal padding on beds and shared facilities with one western-style toilet and a “bucket wash” bath house. Please see our section on Travel Insurance. This is a lifetime experience. Participants arriving to the USA from a foreign country may need to get a travel visa to enter the United States. The Amur Falcon and the Mysteries of Bird Migration Every year, tens of thousands of Amur falcons descend upon Nagaland, creating a natural history spectacle that is both rare and riveting By Dr Seshadri KS It was a little after 3 am and the forest was shrouded in darkness. Attitudes have changed so much in the space of a single year that the Amur Falcons are now treated, in the words of Nagaland’s Chief Minister You may also mail us a check, however, remember that all space is held on a first come-first served basis as deposits are received. Simple, with electricity and great food. Doyang Lake in Nagaland is better known as a stopover for the Amur falcons during their annual migration from their breeding grounds to warmer South Africa. Overnight in Jorhat. Scott Weidensaul with conservationist, Bano Haralu, in Nagaland during the Amur Falcon migration. Yes, it will be worth it to see the falcons! • Trails are easy walking, however, we will be walking on them before daylight and after dark every day. If you prefer, you may call us at 888-875-9453 to pay by phone. Today hunting the Amur Falcon is a rare occurrence. After breakfast checkout and drive to Guwahati airport to board flight to Delhi. In a message of support to NWBCT’s ‘Friends of the Amur Falcon’ initiative, the Chief Minister of Nagaland Mr. Neiphiu Rio stated “The state government is committed to end the unfortunate killings of the migratory Amur Falcons in Nagaland while they are passing through the state. 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