Drying Gir(Guajrat, India) reservoirs brimming with birds

The receding water in the Kamleshwar dam(Sasan Gir, Gujarat, India) brought some good news for visitors and the officials at Gir National Park. The low levels of water are inviting large flocks of winged visitors. These migratory birds are returning to the dams in the national park after a decade, said the officials.

5597705107_0444685d1d_zSources in Gir said, “ This year because of the drought in the district, there is hardly two or three feet of water at the edges of the Kamleshwar Dam reservoir, and about four to five feet of water in the centre. This is attracting large number of birds from nearby water bodies. Pelicans, lesser flamingoes and cranes along with other migratory birds have started flocking to the dam site.”

Visitors to the forest along the Kamleshwar dam route will get to see these winged visitors and large number of crocodiles which are now coming out of the water as the water is very low”.

Sandeep Kumar, the deputy conservator of forests, Gir, says for the past two days, there have been good sightings of birds at the Kamleshwar dam. These birds sighting are for the first time in a decade. “I have been told by the staff that these birds have come to the Kamleshwar dam after a long time. There have been sightings of pelicans, lesser flamingoes among other. Demoiselle cranes are not usually seen in Gir, but this time because of the less water, availability of food had attracted the birds. This may be good news but what is worrying is that the receding water will force officials to resort to alternate methods of providing drinking water for the lions”.

 

Crocodile at Kamleshwar Dam, Sasan Gir, Gujarat, India

Crocodile at Kamleshwar Dam, Sasan Gir, Gujarat, India

Samshad Alam, a researcher working in Gir for the past six years says, “I had not seen these birds here thus far, so it came as a surprise when saw them in large numbers. The dams have now caused of the shallow waters. These waders, pelicans, and flamingoes need just nearly two feet of water which, at present, is suitable for these birds.

Courtesy: – Times of India.

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