Spotted at Sanjay Van: Bird seen in Himalayan foothills
New Delhi: Birders making their way to Sanjay Van on Tuesday were in for a surprise. Among the regular sightings made, a ‘large raptor with a white belly’ caught their attention. A closer look revealed that the bird was a lesser fish eagle—a bird that has not been recorded in the capital before. The bird is generally seen in the Himalayan foothills, and experts say that it is likely to be a vagrant. In Delhi, over 450 bird species have already been recorded.
Dr Surya Prakash, a birder and a zoologist from the JNU, spotted the bird on Tuesday along with other birders. He said that this is the first photo documentation in Delhi with an unconfirmed report of it being sighted in 2014 as well.
“This is probably the first confirmed spotting of the bird in Delhi. Although another birder, Yogesh Parasar saw one in October fleetingly, there were no records. Sightings have also been reported from Corbett and from Ranthambore. If we continue to see it, we may be able to derive a trend,” said Surya Prakash.
Chandra Bhushan, another birder, said that it was spotted around 9:30 am by their group. “We spotted a large raptor with a white belly which was photographed by several of us. We then checked multiple times and found it to be a lesser fish eagle, a bird that is only seen in high altitude areas. It is hard to tell why it came to Delhi, since it is not a migratory bird,” said Bhushan.
Nikhil Devasar, founder of Delhi bird and an ardent birder, said with birding becoming a popular hobby, more and more species were getting recorded in the national capital.
Tiwari to organise forum for hawkers and vendors
Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari on Wednesday said that he will soon organise an open forum for thousands of hawkers and street vendors to listen to their issues and solve their problems. The announcement was made at a meeting with the representatives of town vending committees who called on Tiwari at his residence.
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