Kendrapara, Sept 3 (LocalWire): This monsoon, birds have flocked to a new nesting site in the mangrove forests near river Brahmani at Laxmiprasaddia of Durgaprasad forest block near the Bhitarkanika Park this nesting season.
Before, the birds always built their nest at Bagagahana and Mathadia forest blocks within the park during the rainy season.
Subrat Patra, the forest range officer of the park said the Open billed stork, Little Cormorant, Median Egret, Large Egret, Little Egret, Purple Heron, Grey Heron, Darter, White Ibis and Cattle Egret might have been forced to leave their traditional nesting site at Bagagahana and Mathadia.
Last year, we first noticed a decline in nesting at the traditional sites.
But this year the entire area has been abandoned.
It is a matter of concern. The reason still needs to be studied.
But it is also natural of nesting birds to change their grounds after a few years,’ added the forest officer.
Eleven species of resident birds are now nesting in their new abode.
The monsoon season is the breeding period of many local birds in the park.
The abundance of fish in the river and creeks and the distance from human habitation has made it a suitable breeding ground, he elaborated.
He believes mushrooming of illegal prawn farms in Bhitarkanika National Park and its nearby areas is the reason behind the birds abandoning Bagagahan and Mathadia forest areas.
The avian species used to get sufficient fish and serene environment in Bagagahan and Mathadia in the past but many prawn mafias destroyed the ecology by converting the wetlands and forest lands into prawn farms.