MD Mr Jayesh Ranjan, IAS . This was the fifth time such an event was held n Hyderabad in which around 90 participants took part in groups of 4 each. The age of the participants was a young as 4 and as old as
65. About 155 species of birds were recorded around the city.
|Mr Jayesh Ranjan, IAS addressing the gathering at the bird race evening|
There were no pre-determined routes to the Bird Race - Participants observed the birds at multiple locations all within 50 km radius of the city and came up with their own tally of species. An evening program was held at Hotel Haritha Plaza where the top three teams were given prices based on the tallies checked by the judges. Mr Jayesh Ranjan MD APIIC also attended the evening function and gave away prices to the winning teams. The event was Sponsored by HSBC, Mr Aritro Mukerjee VP – HSBC Premier, spoke on the concept of India bird races that takes part in 15 cities across India including Hyderabad and assured HSBC’s continues support to the event. Diyanat Ali, Founder Director Great Hyderabad Adventure Club spoke on the health many health benefits associated with bird watching which help in developing good memory and focus, reduces stress and anxiety and makes the birder patient, calm and composed.
|Participants of the Hyderabad Bird Race|
Earlier bird races in Hyderabad have recorded more than 260 species of birds. The teams visited open habitats, agricultural tracts, semi-arid landscapes, inland wetlands, secondary growth, and areas with human population. As per Humayun member BSAP, the Bar headed goose which is a migratory bird coming from Central Asia and Himalayas are still being found in the city which is an unusual phenomenon as they leave the city by February . Many birders reported the sightings of flamingos at the Gandipet backwaters.
|Bar headed Goose|
|White Breasted Kingfisher|
The event helped to create awareness and conservation ethos among the citizens for bird and environment conservation. The participants were also sensitized towards the bird injuries that kill hundreds of birds
during the kite flying festival Sankratri.
The winners of the Hyderabad Bird Race 2014 were
1) First - Team Name Geese with participants Manipal, Prasad, Eva, Bindu
2) Second - Team Name: Eagles with participants Asif, Ashwin, Siddharth and Hemant
3) Third - Team Name: Falcons with participants Prashant, Suryatej, Manjoy and Gururaju
Writeup By Diyanat Ali
Evening Function Pics by Humayun of BSAP