Andhra Pradesh

A treat for bird watchers at Pulicat

Winter sojourn: Migratory birds visit Pulicat Lake between October and March every year for breeding.

Winter sojourn: Migratory birds visit Pulicat Lake between October and March every year for breeding.  

Around 5 lakh visitors gather at Sullurpeta for three-day Flamingo Festival

It was a treat for the birdwatchers who thronged Pulicat Lake at Sullurpeta and its surroundings in Nellore district for the three-day Flamingo Festival that concluded on Tuesday.

The arrival of migratory birds including the famous flamingos peaked this year at the lake on the Andhra Pradesh-Tamil Nadu border, thanks to rains last month triggered by Cyclone Gaja, ending the prolonged dry spell that had been prevailing since the early phase of north-east monsoon period.

Migratory birds visit Pulicat Lake, the largest brackish water ecosystem in the country next to Chilka Lake in Odisha, between October and March every year for breeding .

This year, around 5 lakh visitors including the members of Gex visited Sullurupeta, Atakanithippa, Nelapattu and BV Palem to witness the birds species such as White Ibis, Grey Pelicans, Grey Herons, Reef Herons, Painted Storks, Spoon Bills, Cormorants, Open Billed Storks, Egrets and Spot Billed Ducks among others.

“The visitors, especially students, had a gala time in gathering interesting information about the avian creatures in the ecosystem and about the reptiles during the Snake Show organised on the occasion,” Sullurupeta Divisional Forest Officer (wildlife management) D. Ravindranth Reddy said.

In an attempt to restore the past glory to Pulicat Lake Wildlife Sanctuary, a team of officials from the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests visited the lake ahead of the festival to study the environment during the migratory season.

Team visit

“The team will come up with recommendations after visiting the lake during the off season again, to preserve the ecosystem including improvement to the catchment areas of Kalangi, Swarnamukhi and Arani rivers which have been witnessing dwindling inflows of late, in view of climate change. The team will also analyse the pros and cons of opening the seamouth into the bird sanctuary,” Mr. Ravindranth Reddy added.

The administration, under the overall supervision of District in-charge Minister Sidda Raghava Rao, made elaborate arrangements for the festival. Cultural programmes organised at the Government Junior College left the visitors spellbound.

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