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Winged guests arrive Chilka as winter approaches
By Our correspondent  Published on: 24-Oct-2014 12:20:49
Place: Berhampur
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Berhampur ( Odisha) : The winter seems to be approaching fast as thousands of winged guests have already arrived at the Chilka lagoon, the largest inland salt water in Asia.

Winged guests arrive Chilka as winter approaches

About 3,000 birds have been sighted in Mangalajodi, a wetland located near the lake. The birds were sighted in and outer area of the lake, an official Das.

The migratory birds which were spotted at the lake included northern pintail, shoveller, and gadwall, he said.

Though late, the migratory birds from the foreign lands particularly from North Pole have been sighted in thousands, though lakhs are being expected at Chilka in the winter season.

With the arrival of the winged guests, eagerness of the bird lovers and ornithologist ends which makes the forest department serious and active for the security of these winged visitors, expected to make Chilka their temporary home till March.

As per the statement of local people, birds of the foreign origin have been coming to Chilka Lake and were being sighted flying in groups to locate the proper places for their stay till their homeward journey.

As per rough estimation around 20 thousand birds have already arrived and seen flying in various locations of the Chilka Lake, particularly at the places like Parikuda, Solakudi, Khatiakudi, Jayamalla, Chirtakut and Tichhali.

The species which have been sighted flocking are Pintails, Brahmani ducks, Shovellers, Gadwals, Eiracoorall, Godwich, Tofted Pochards and Uzens which are not belong to the indegenious species normally sighted in the parts of Chilka Lake throughout the year.

Normally, more than 169 species of migratory birds arrive at the Chilka Lake to escape from the chill of the winter in the countries of south East Asia like Russia, Kazakistan, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and from the North Pole regions.

Even, the birds of Himalayan origin, particularly from the upper regions of the Ladakh do come here for a temporary stay in the Chilka Lake.

In these cold regions of the world, the birds do find it very tough to stay as it was quite difficult to get the normal food due to the snow fall during winter. And Chilka, during this chilled winter that starts from October-November and ends in March, becomes the favorite destination for these winged guests. Hence, to take refugee, these birds do migrate to Chilka lagoon.

Though, there were only few species of birds have been sighted during these days and that too in thousands, birds of more than 150 species in lakhs are being expected with the decrease in temperature in the cold regions of the world.

Notably, near about 9 lakh migratory birds belonged to as many as 169 different species had been sighted at Chilka last year.

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