Berhampur, May 27 (Localwire): More than 38,000 birds of over 100 different species including waterfowls, flamingos and spot billed pelicans were counted during a summer survey at the Chilika lake.
Chilika DFO Bikash Ranjan Das said 38,261 birds of 106 species, including 28,931 water fowls of 53 species and 9,339 non-resident birds of 53 species were counted in the lake during a recent count.
The 16-sq-km Nalabana Island in Chilika is a favorite place for the water fowls in all seasons. In the last season, 8,392 birds were spotted in Nalabana, he said. The count was carried out on May 21.
This time, there were less number of birds, compare to last summer count. Dwindling population of birds this summer might be due to migration to nearby areas because of Fani, Das said.
However, the number of birds in Nalabana was same as last year. Some species of birds have stayed back in Chilika since last winter. Species like greater flamingo, spot billed pelicans, painted storks, spoonbill, black headed ibis, little egrets etc were sighted, Das said.
Last winter, Chilika had hosted 10,47,868 birds of 181 different species. Chilika witnesses one of the world’s biggest congregations of birds in the winters.