Friday, January 13, 2012

Veteran ornithologists visit Puttenahalli Lake

On 7th Jan 2012, Puttenahalli Lake had the honour of a visit by two very special people - Mrs and Mr Zafar Futehally!

Laeeq and Zafar Futehally are veteran ornithologists, related to the "Birdman of India" Salim Ali. Laeeq and her uncle Salim Ali co-authored a book Common Birds in 1967 which has since been reprinted several times and have run into many editions. Zafar is a passionate naturalist who was closely associated with the Bombay Natural History Society. In 1960 he started the Newsletter for Birdwatchers as a forum for birders to share their observations. 

Zafar had several questions to ask us. What is the source of the water in the lake? What is the depth in summer? How are we raising money to maintain the lake? And so on. Their passion for lake restoration and conversion to avian habitats was truly inspirational.

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