Dry spell hits arrival of birds at Pulicat


What is Important?
UPSC perspective:
Prelims:Not Much
Mains:Highlights


Why in News?

October is the month when migratory birds flock the picturesque Pulicat Lake in a big way before returning to their homelands.

Where the birds come home

* Nelapattu, in Andhra Pradesh, is a haven for bird watchers and nature lovers.
*More so for the birds, large numbers and varieties of which gather every year between November and March.
*Located in Nellore district, about 100 km from Chennai, Nelapattu is an ideal destination for those planning a short getaway, even for a day.
*According to naturalists, the whole area abounds in bird life at this time of the year.
*The Pulicat Lake Sanctuary, about 20 km away, offers an extended area of bird watching, including the road leading to the Sriharikota; flamingos can be sighted regularly.
*Despite the drought this season, Nelapattu has attracted between 350 and 500 grey pelicans. *Official estimates indicate that over 750 grey pelican chicks have hatched this season.

Highlights:

*It is not so this year in view of the prolonged dryspell, disappointing bird lovers who make it to the lake with great hopes to enjoy the scenic beauty of a large number of migratory birds thronging the second largest brackish-water ecosystem in the country.
*Sulurpeta and its surrounding areas did not get copious rains during the southwest monsoon, delaying the arrival of among other birds, flamingos, storks and pelicans, which usually visit the lake from September.
* At least a foot of water spread should be there in the 300 sq km water body for flamingos to feel comfortable.
*It was during 2016 when the Vardah cyclone struck the coast, migratory birds came in tens of thousands. The drought in the previous two years saw lesser arrival of the avians.


Dry spell hits arrival of birds at Pulicat Dry spell hits arrival of birds at Pulicat Reviewed by The Hindu Current Affairs on October 28, 2018 Rating: 5

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