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Updated: April 30, 2013 19:45 IST

More winged visitors flock to Adyar Poonga

    Aloysius Xavier Lopez
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REFLECTIVE MOOD: A painted stork in the Adyar Poonga on Friday. Photo: K.V. Srinivasan
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REFLECTIVE MOOD: A painted stork in the Adyar Poonga on Friday. Photo: K.V. Srinivasan

Documentation of migratory birds is likely to begin shortly

With more species of migratory birds arriving at the Adyar Poonga (Tholkaapiya Poonga) this monsoon, the documentation of such species in the 58 acres is likely to commence shortly.

Painted storks have come for the first time after eco-restoration of the first phase of the park. Grey heron, large egret, and black winged stilt are some of the other species spotted amid the vast lush green area after the northeast monsoon began last month.

“Painted stork has not been seen in the Adyar Estuary for many years. Getting to see painted stork this year is very good news,” said K.V.Sudhakar, president of Madras Naturalists' Society.

Around 200 species of birds have been reported in the Adyar area in the past, he added. Many of such species had vanished from the vicinity because of rapid urbanisation.

According to officials, increased availability of fish in the waterbodies of the 58 acre area and improvement in habitat on account of the eco-restoration are some of the reasons for the migration of birds to the park.

“We are not going to introduce any species. Every new species attracted to the park should be because of natural process,” said an official.

The tidal inflow to the Adyar Poonga plays a crucial role in complete restoration of the ecosystem and attraction of new species of fish to the estuary, said officials. After the second phase of the project, the normal tidal inflow would be completely restored.

Saplings planted

The State government spent over Rs.23 crore in the first phase of eco-restoration. About 1.37 lakh saplings of around 172 endemic species of trees, herbs, shrubs, reeds and tuberous plants were planted to serve as habitat for aquatic, terrestrial and arboreal species.

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