Last year Conservation India unearthed and documented the shocking massacre of tens of thousands of migratory Amur falcons (Falco amurensis) in the remote state of Nagaland in India’s northeast.
They estimated that during peak migration (in mid to late October) 12,000 – 14,000 birds are being hunted for local consumption and commercial sale everyday resulting in a mind-boggling 120,000 to 140,000 birds killed every year during their passage through the state.
The Amur Falcon is a complete, long distance, trans-equatorial migrant. It has one of the of longest migration routes of all birds — doing up to 22,000 km in a year — from eastern Asia all the way to Southern Africa and back. It also is unusual in migrating over sea and continuing their journey at night.
Post reporting of this incident, and the subsequent national and international outcry, a lot of on-ground conservation initiatives have been initiated in Nagaland. The Government of Nagaland, at every level, are fully committed to end the killings and are geared up to face this season. They are assisted on the ground by the local community as well as NGOs.
Yahoo India Travel presents a photo-essay by RAMKI SREENIVASAN who was part of the team to document the Amur Falcon massacre. Ramki wishes to thank the rest of his team - Bano Haralu, Rokohebi Kuotsu and Shashank Dalvi. Visit the team's Nagaland Conservation website.
Ramki Sreenivasan is a Bangalore-based technology entrepreneur, birder and wildlife photographer. He co-founded and coordinates Conservation India, a non-profit, non-commercial portal that facilitates wildlife and nature conservation.