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Eaglenest or Eagle's Nest Wildlife Sanctuaryis aprotected area of Indiain theHimalayan foothillsofWest Kameng District,Arunachal Pradesh. It conjoinsSessa Orchid Sanctuaryto the northeast andPakhui Tiger Reserveacross theKameng riverto the east. Altitude ranges extremely from 500 metres (1,640ft) to 3,250 metres (10,663ft). See:Map 1,Topo mapIt is a part of theKameng Elephant Reserve.
Eaglenest is notable as a primebirdingsite due to the extraordinary variety, numbers and accessibility of bird species there.
Eaglenest derives its name fromRed Eagle Divisionof theIndian armywhich was posted in the area in the 1950s.
Eaglenest is part of the Kameng protected area complex (KPAC), the largest contiguous closed-canopy forest tract of Arunachal Pradesh, which includes Eaglenest, Pakke, Sessa, Nameri, and Sonai Rupai sanctuaries and associated reserved forest blocks. The complex covers 3500km² in area and ranges from 100 metres (328ft) to 3,300 metres (10,827ft) in altitude.
Eaglenest is within theConservation InternationalHimalayaBiodiversity Hotspotarea.
As a camper I visited this sanctuary organised by Insearch along with other 20 nature enthusiasts, during April 2014. I was there for two nights and one day. We were guided by Rohan Pandit who was working on altitudinal migration of birds under Ramana Atreya. That day, it was foggy and misty. So, we could not see insects - butterflies. We could hardly see birds. However, I was happy to see flowers which are unique to this land and altitude and season. It was spring and was very cold for me.
The whole experience was unforgettable.