Berhampur, Jan 6 (LocalWire): Ornithologists were visibly excited after sighting a bird that had not visited Chilika in the last five years.
At least two Great Knots, a medium sized shore bird was found at Chilika during the annual survey in the lake on Sunday.
‘This species, scientifically known as Calidris tenuirostris, is found in Central Asia. It had visited the lake in 2015.
After a five year-gap, this species along with others visited the blue-lagoon this year,’ said divisional forest officer (DFO) Chilika wildlife division Alok Ranjan Hota.
Compared to previous winters, this year saw more feathered guests (over 57,000) at Chilika.
The annual bird count, conducted in the 1100-sq.km lake revealed a total 11, 05,040 birds of 184 different species, said the DFO.
These included 10, 71,477 waterfowls of 109 species and 33,563 of 75 species of wetland dependants, he said.
Increase in the number of migratory birds has been attributed to the safety measures taken by wildlife authorities, said DFO.