Berhampur, March 11 (Localwire): Stunning flamingos, which had come to Nalabana bird sanctuary in Chilka, the country’s biggest waterfowl habitat, has decided to stay put, even as other winged visitors have begun their onward journey, park officials said.
Many flamingos were still spotted in-and-around the blue lagoon this year, even after the temperature rose to around 35 degree Celsius, which is a little warmer for these birds.
While around 70 percent of winged guests have left, flamingoes and pelicans, though, are yet to leave, said divisional forest officer (DFO) Bikash Ranjan Das.
Das said that pelicans usually go away with the onset of monsoon, but many flamingos have been staying back. This phenomenon has been witnessed in the last two-three years.
Their numbers would be known only after a bird count in mid-May, he said, adding that, “The park is now home to flamingos round the year.”
Abundant food supplies in Nalabana make it an attractive home for flamingoes, he said.
Flamingos, though, haven’t built any nest in the lake yet, although they have been spending more time in the sanctuary.
The DFO said, “We are monitoring their behavior so we can make it their permanent home.”
“These birds generally come from Iran, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Gujarat every winter. And the good news is their numbers have been increasing in the last few years,” he said.
Beside flamingos, pelicans, painted storks and other migratory birds were also spotted in the lake recently. In last winter, Chilika had hosted over a million birds of 181 different species.