Thursday, June 13, 2013

Return of the Prodigal Birds

From the time our lake was being rejuvenated three years ago to last August we had spotted over 55 species of birds at the lake, most aquatic, few migratory and some land birds. Last year though with the water level dipping and the Salvinia spreading like a thick mat on whatever little water was left, the only bird that remained at the lake was the Purple Heron, a solitary figure that was clearly getting enough food despite the Salvinia and dying fish.

Over the past couple of weeks, the prodigal birds are slowly returning home. The first to come were the Purple Swamp hens and the Spot-billed ducks. Then came the Common Coots followed by the Dab Chicks, Lesser Whistling Ducks and a stray Grey Heron. Also spotted were the Jacana (Lily-trotter) and Indian Shag. Surprisingly, our old friend the Purple Heron has gone missing. 

Not only are the new comers making themselves at home, the Dab chicks have started building nests as well (wonder if it has laid eggs already!). The Coots, always ferociously safeguarding their territory, chase each other making a sweep across the water. Interesting insights into the bird can be seen here.

Sharing a few pix of the birds, but nothing can beat seeing them at the lake! 

Indian Shag

Pheasant-tailed Jacana


Coot rippling water

Dab chick building nest

Myna on dead tree

Bring your children along. Unless you want to see the birds up close, you don't need binoculars. 


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