Although a lot is understood concerning the chook sanctuary in Bharatpur, Rajasthan, and the species it hosts, the wealthy variety of birds which have made a house outdoors the sanctuary and in and across the metropolis itself had remained a thriller until now.
This is what round 150 volunteers got down to search for because the Global Birding Weekend was launched this yr with an goal to document and preserve extra species of birds across the Keoladeo Ghana National Park in Bharatpur.
The occasion from October 16-18 noticed chook watchers out in fields and alongside canals in and round Bharatpur to place collectively a census of chook species within the space.
The Giriraj Canal and the Mallah water works in Bharatpur had been the 2 areas the place volunteers noticed a lot of birds — a nest of Spoon Bills, the Eurasian Hobby and a lot of migrant larks and pipits.
“It’s not just the water birds, but a number of dry land birds were also spotted by our volunteers in the harvested fields just outside of Bharatpur like the Indian courser, the orange-headed ground thrush, the white-bellied minivet and the white-naped tit. In fact, we have sighted 325 species of birds in Bharatpur area which is almost 25 per cent of species found in India,” mentioned Raj Singh, the organiser of the occasion.
The occasion was additionally an try to contain as many native individuals as doable, particularly those that earn their livelihood from guiding vacationers who come to the Bharatpur sanctuary.
Naturalists, guides, rickshaw-pullers and members of the Keoladeo National Park had been among the individuals who volunteered for the occasion. Since no international vacationers are visiting the park amid the pandemic, it was a chance for them to be taught extra about birds of their space and hone their expertise for when tourism begins once more, in keeping with Mr Singh.
The spotlight of the occasion, in keeping with the organiser, was a colony of vultures which members got here throughout at Bayana, round 40 km away from Bharatpur. The vulture is now an endangered species and to see a whole colony in habitation and breeding was a sight that delighted all chook lovers on the occasion.