Exclusive species of waders spotted during bird watching camp at Bisenkhedi

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Feb 2018 09:50:29

Staff Reporter

Exclusive migratory birds of winter season are still visible at water bodies in the city. On Sunday a bird watching camp was organised at Bisenkhedi.
The most striking feature was the visibility of different species of waders.

During the camp waders Bar tailed godwit, Pied avocet, sandhill crane ,little ring plover, common redshank, black winged stilt, open bill stroke were visible. Ornithologist explained that pied avocet is one of the endangered special which travel all way from Central Asia to India. Mohamed Khaliq, Sunil Shrivastava, and Dr Sangeeta Rajgeer were also present during the bird watching camp. They explained the participants about identifying the overall type of a bird is essential for proper identification.
Giving information about wading birds they said that it is easy to distinguish. A wide range of bird species are loosely classified as waders, including, Cranes, Egrets, Flamingos, Herons, Ibises, Rails, Spoonbills, Stork.
There are also shorebirds witnessed at wetlands which include particularly avocets, as waders, along with gulls or terns, and they do share some characteristics with more widely recognised wading birds.

These birds forage in shallow brackish water or on mud flats, often scything their bills from side to side in water. They mainly eat crustaceans and insects. The most striking feature is their upturned bill. Participants also noticed exclusive features of the avocet which makes it exclusive kid of waders. The pied avocet is a striking white wader with bold black markings. Adults have white plumage except for a black cap and black patches in the wings and on the back. They have long, upturned bills and long, bluish legs. Temminck’s stint, little stint was also seen in good numbers at Bhoj wetland .

The bird watching camp was organised by Bhopal Birds and Saras Bio Diversity Centre. This year winter migratory bird influx was visible much earlier in the Bhoj wetland. As per the experts Endangered species Greylag goose seen at Bhojwet land after a gap of fifteen years and other birds like common coot , little grib, red crested pochard, garhwal, wagtail, Open bill stroke etc were alsovisible. The Grey lag goose is an endangered species. It was seen after a gap 15 years at Bhoj wetland which is a good thing to observe. These birds comes from Central Asia. The greylag goose is a large species of goose in the waterfowl family Anatida. Greylag geese travel to their northerly breeding grounds in marshes, around lakes and on wetlands beds. The tufted duck is one of the species, which belongs to African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds. The adult male is all black except for white flanks and a blue-grey bill with gold-yellow eyes, along with a thin crest on the back of its head. It has an obvious head tuft that gives the species its name. They eat molluscs, aquatic insects and some plants which are available on wetland.