Rare migratory bird spotted off the coast of Odisha

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Balasore (Odisha), January 7 (UNI) A herd of around 150 Belon Shelducks, a rare migratory bird, were sighted near Talsari by experts during a bird census conducted here along with 15 other sites in Odisha, said Friday a manager.

According to ornithologists and bird lovers, the bird of Euro-Siberian origin is hardly seen in Odisha and it is rare to see a flock of around 150.

“A few years ago, only two were seen in Bhitarkanika during the census and almost 50 in Talsari in 2017.

Although they are known as the Common Shelduck, they are rare in India, especially in Odisha, ”said Ashish Jena, a senior official as well as an ornithologist who was part of a four-member census team. birds.

“Bichitrapur (Talsari) under the Bhograi block near Digha beach in West Bengal is known for its serenity, ecological richness and biodiversity. It is a beautiful lazy beach along the meandering Subarnarekha River known for its tranquility, having the second largest region of mangrove vegetation nearby.

The conducive climate, as well as the serene environment, attracted them here, ”said Jena.

The Shelduck Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna) is a species of waterfowl in the Shelduck genus. It is widespread and common in the Euro-Siberian Palaearctic region, breeding mainly in temperate regions and wintering in subtropics.

Bird watchers on the subcontinent have observed this beautiful migratory species for a long time and its sighting during winter migration is very rare with extremely low numbers at times.

Prominent birders say they have seen the Shelduck very rarely and in only one or two numbers at a time.

The waterfowl survey in mid-winter this year was conducted by a team led by Jena and Gahar Abedin with two others – Baranyendu Mohanty and Kranti Mahapatra.

Abedin, academician and naturalist, said the health of wetlands decides the health of the ecological planet and the health of wetlands depends on the richness of bird migration.

The mangroves of Bichitrapur are fast becoming a “birding hotspot” for all bird watchers, bird watchers and wildlife photographers across the country and the world.

Jena added that in the sense of Odisha Tourism’s tagine, Bichitrapur in Odisha was one of India’s best kept secrets.

It can be noted that the district wildlife department has undertaken the bird census exercise at 16 sites including Chandipur, Kuldhia, Nisarg (a wetland inside the integrated test area campus), Padmatola of Nilgiri in the district of Balasore. UNI XC DP SSP

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