Migratory Birds Arrive at Bhitarkanika Wetlands

Jayanth Sharma

Over 75,000 migratory birds have landed at Bhitarkanika National Park (BKNP) in Orissa. The birds are local migrants and will Bhitarkanika their seasonal home for nesting. Grey Herons, Purple Herons, Darters, Cormorants and Large, Intermediary and Little Egrets are prominent amongst the visitors. Bhitarkanika has little human interference, ideal climactic conditions, cool breeze and an ideal river system. All these have proved to be ideal conditions for the birds.

BKNP is intersected by a network of creeks with Bay of Bengal on the East. BKNP is 672 sq kms of mangrove forest & wetland and is home to many bird species including winter migrants from Central Asia and Europe. Giant Salt Water Crocodiles and variety of other wildlife inhabit the eco-system.

As the spell of rains was not uniform, their arrival was delayed this time. Manoj Kumar Mahapatra, divisional forest officer, Rajnagar Mangrove (wildlife) forest division, said.

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