“The bird is powered by its own life and by its own motivation”- A.P.J Abdul Kalam.
Owing to its varied geography, climate and presence of a long coastline, India is the dwelling house to several species of bird sanctuaries. Not only can you spot many regional birds here, but scores of migratory birds also make India their temporary habitat. Bird sanctuaries in India are therefore a hot spot for nature lovers and bird watchers.
The sanctuaries offer a dwelling place for these birds, but the true beauty is not in the habitat but in the inhabitants. Birds may be considered small creatures but they are majestic. Their colors, their build and their sounds. Every bird has a purpose and watching a bird in its natural element is a different experience altogether.
With more than 1200 species of avifauna present in India, it has forever been one of the most favored destinations for tourists. Among the most distinguished bird sanctuaries in India, the following are the most visited ones:
Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary, a well known sanctuary of Gujarat is a true bird paradise harboring over 250 bird species. It is situated west of Ahmedabad near Sanand Village, in the Gujarat state of India. Mainly populated by migratory birds in winter and spring, it is the largest wetland bird sanctuary in Gujarat, and one of the largest in India. It harbors over 250 species of wetland birds. Ducks, geese, pelicans and flamingos are seen early in the morning and in the evening. The best time to visit is at sunrise, as the lake is peaceful, surrounded by a flock of birds in their element.
It’s something about the call of the birds, their numerous conversations that you don’t understand, but it still enthralls you. It’s a way to look at the species we share nature with, how they live, how they eat and its moments like these where we don’t feel that different from them.
Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, also known as Pakshi Kashi of Karnataka is the largest bird sanctuary in the Mandya District of the state of Karnataka in India. During the months of January and February, more than 30 species of birds are found and it is truly a breath taking sight. About 50 pelicans have made Ranganathittu their permanent home. During winter months, as many as 40,000 birds gather in this bird sanctuary and some birds travel from as far as Siberia, Latin America and parts of north India.
Karnala Bird Sanctuary, is located in Panvel Taluka of Raigad District, outside Mumbai, India near Matheran and Karjat.The sanctuary is open to visitors from sunrise to sunset. The bird sanctuary is an admired destination for bird-watchers and hikers in the Mumbai area. The sanctuary provides a habitat for 150 species of resident and 37 species of migratory birds that visit the sanctuary during winter. Three rare birds, the ashy Minivet, three-toed kingfisher and Malabar Trogon have been sighted here. The Karnala fort is located on the top of the hill in the sanctuary and is a popular trek for hikers.
“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song”- Maya Angelou
Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, is an estuarine mangrove habitat, which is now a bird sanctuary, and is located on the western tip of the Island of Chorao along the Mandovi River, Goa, in India. The sanctuary has been named after Salim Ali, the eminent Indian ornithologist. Several species of birds have been sighted and the common species include the striated heron and western reef heron. Other species that have been recorded include the little bittern, black bittern, red knot and jack snipe. The sanctuary is also host to mudskippers, fiddler crabs and other mangrove habitat specialists.
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