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Eurasian Curlew, a migratory bird, sighted near Moka in Bellary.— photo: H.R. Pannameshulu
Eurasian Curlew, a migratory bird, sighted near Moka in Bellary.— photo: H.R. Pannameshulu

Birdwatchers are having a field day, as they have started capturing winter visitors in the district.

During one such expedition, a Eurasian Curlew was sighted near Moka in Bellary taluk by amateur birdwatchers H.R. Pannameshulu, a lecturer, and K.N. Negalurmutt, working in VIMS.

Eurasian Curlew is a darkish sandy brown wading bird, streaked with black and fulvous to produce the well-known ‘game bird pattern’. Its lower back and white rump is conspicuous in flight.

Its most characteristic feature is the down-curved slender bill, and they are found in small parties on jheels, rivers and the seashore, according to Mr. Pannameshulu.

The bird runs or stalks along the water’s edge or on the seashore at low tide, probing into soft ooze for food. Several winged visitors, including rare species, are regularly visiting the district. Northern Shoveler, Mallard, Pintail Duck, Common Teal, whistling teal, Siberian Stonechat is among other migratory birds spotted in several parts of the district during winter. However, the number of migratory birds was dwindling due to destruction of wetland vegetation, habitat fragmentation, drying of water bodies, says Mr. Pannameshulu.

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