Spot­ted at San­jay Van: Bird seen in Hi­malayan foothills

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - TIMES NEWS NETWORK New Delhi:

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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