Birders and nature lovers were in for a treat this season.
A rare pelagic bird was sighted near the Pulicat coast in the last week of April, 2018. This is the first time the bird was sighted near Chennai. There are only two previous records from Tamil Nadu.
Lesser Noddy (Anous tenuirostris) is a bird that is closely related to terns. Pelagic birds spend most of the time in the sea and visit the shores only when they breed.
Pulicat Lake is India’s second largest lagoon, located on the border of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. Every year Pulicat is home to thousands of shorebirds during the winter months of October to April. Pulicat is a place in South India where there is always a possibility of seeing rare vagrants. Earlier this season there was a rare sighting of a Grey-tailed Tattler (Tringa brevipes).
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Pulicat lake covering the states of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh on the Coromandel coast always throws up rare vagrants. Being one of India's largest lagoons, Pulicat should be protected for future generations, and for the birds to thrive.