Huge drop in number of Winter migratory water birds counted at Odisha's Chilika lake

Huge drop in number of Winter migratory water birds counted at Odisha’s Chilika lake

Berhampur (Odisha), Oct 22 (PTI) Winged guests have started swarming to Chilika, Asia’s largest brackish water lagoon in Odisha, to feed and breed in its waters, officers said on Friday.

The appearance of the migrant catcalls has been observed in the alternate week of October, about a week latterly than the former timeaccording to Sarat Chandra Mishra, assistant protector of timbers (ACF) of the Chilika wildlife division.

Several catcalls were seen flying near Chilika without swooping down on the lake. They might land once the water position recedes in the lake, the functionary said.

Migrant catcalls like northern pintail, gadwall, shovelers, common coot and several others were plant in the lagoon, which is connected to the Bay of Bengal through a narrow ocean mouth and is spread across Puri, Khordha and Ganjam sections.

It’s the largest wintering ground for migrant waterfowl plant anywhere on the Indian keyaccording to the Chilika website.

Huge drop in number of Winter migratory water birds counted at Odisha's Chilika lake

An estimated over catcalls of 62 different species have been spotted at the-sq-km lake so far. Further than of them have swooped down in the15.69-sq-km Nalaban raspberry sanctuary inside the lake, he said.

“ We anticipate they might arrive in larger figures by the end of this month,” the timber functionary said.

The water position of the lake is high due to prolonged rain in September and October. Migrant catcalls may find it delicate to get food in the submerged water body, ornithologist U N Dev said.
This might be one of the causes for the detention in their appearance to the lagoon, Dev added.

As numerous as12.43 lakh catcalls of 190 different species were enumerated in the blue lagoon in the former downtime, ornithologists said.

The winged guestssubstantially from central and southeast Asia, the Himalayas, Siberia, and remote areas of Russia and neighbouring countries visit Chilika every downtime and start their return homeward trip ahead onset of summer.

Ornithologists believe thatnon-availability of food and cold rainfall conditions up north prompt catcalls to resettle to warmer water bodiesincluding Chilika.

The Chilika Wildlife Division has set up 21 camps to help coddling during the season. An fresh 60 locals were hired to work in the temporary camps, which will serve till March, the ACF said.

In the last migrant season, 15 birders were arrested from the area, he added.

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