Two rare migratory birds spotted at Tata Power's hydro Lonavala lake area during a survey
Pune / Lonavla: As part of its commitment to flora and fauna conservation, Tata Power, India's largest integrated power company, has created ecological hotspots around its three hydro stations in Raigad.
(Media-Newswire.com) - Pune / Lonavla: As part of its commitment to flora and fauna conservation, Tata Power, India’s largest integrated power company, has created ecological hotspots around its three hydro stations in Raigad. For more than four decades, these hotspots have played a significant role in driving environmental awareness and interest among nature lovers, especially from urban areas. Winter season is a migratory season for birds, and this year two important migratory bird species, namely the Amur falcon ( the bird with the longest migratory route - 22,000km in a year ) and the Peregrine falcon ( the fastest bird which flies at 250km/hr ), were spotted in Tata Power’s Lonavala lake area last month, indicating that the areas are safe, well protected and well conserved.
These birds were spotted by a team of Tata Power employees, along with a group of well-known ornithologists and a few amateur ornithologists. The team spotted the birds during a survey that was conducted on birds in the important areas for birds, Lonavla and Walwhan.
Speaking on the spotting, Mahesh Paranjpe, head, hydros, Tata Power, said, “We are delighted with these spottings. This is an indication of a healthy and safe environment and our commitment towards conservation in and around our areas of operations.”
Amur falcon ( Falco amurensis ), is a small raptor of the falcon family. It breeds in south-eastern Siberia and northern China while wintering in southern Africa. This little raptor has one of the longest migration routes of all birds, flying up to 22,000 km in a year. These unusual birds migrate a large distance over the sea and also continue their journey at night. It is estimated that during the peak migration season, 12,000–14,000 birds are hunted for consumption and commercial sale every day.
Peregrine falcon ( Falco peregrinus ), also known as the Peregrine, is a widespread bird of prey in the Falconidae family. The Peregrine is renowned for its speed, reaching over 250 km/hr during its characteristic hunting stoop, making it the fastest member of the animal kingdom.
The Peregrine falcon became an endangered species in many areas because of pesticides. Since the ban on DDT from the early 1970s, populations have recovered, supported by large-scale protection of nesting places.
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