Famous breeding ground for pelicans

Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary is one of the best breeding grounds for Spot-billed Pelican in the country. Covering an area of 4.5 square kilometres, this lake serves as a nesting colony for thousands of migratory birds in winter. These birds build their nests on the Barringtonia sp. trees surrounding the lake. The bird species that nest here include Painted Stork, Grey Heron, Eurasian Spoonbill, Darter, Little Cormorant, Indian Shag, Spot-billed Pelican, Black-headed Ibis, Glossy Ibis, Little Egret, Intermediate Egret, Great Egret, Black-crowned Night Heron, Pond Heron and Asian Openbill Stork. Hundreds of Garganey Teal, Northern Pintail, Gadwall and Northern Shoveler can … Continue reading Famous breeding ground for pelicans

Second largest salt water lake

Do you know that Pulicat lake is known as the second largest salt water lake in India? It covers an area of around 450 square kilometres. The habitat consists of shallow brackish water lagoons, tidal mudflats, sand banks, thin scrub intercepted by paddy fields and reed beds. Over 130 resident and migratory bird species have been spotted here. Some of the bird species spotted here in winter include Greater Flamingo, Lesser Flamingo, Northern Pintail, Northern Shoveler ducks, Sandpipers, Plovers, Terns, Gulls, Osprey, Painted Stork, Asian Openbill Stork, Glossy Ibis, Black-headed Ibis, Western Reef Egret, Little Egret, Intermediate Egret, Great Egret, … Continue reading Second largest salt water lake