World Migratory Birds' Day today
President of the Environment Research Foundation Dilip Yardi says the World Migratory Birds' Day is celebrated in memory of the migratory birds who return to their destinations after living in winter season in different locations. Migration is a phenomena, mystery and amazing feat and adventure of birds that travel half the world from north to south.
Route is a mystery…
The fact that migratory birds travel with full accuracy of timings and places, keeps one spellbound. It remains an unsolved mystery that how these birds navigate and cover such a long distances in large groups. Yardi says late ornithologist Dr Salim Ali had recorded the punctuality and timings of migratory birds over the period of five years. He says migratory birds which were spotted last year reach the same spot at same time and day.
According to wildlife photographer and nature lover Baiju Patil, Aurangabad city hosts migratory birds in winter season from October when migratory birds arrive from Siberia, Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Himalayas. These include flamingos, geese, ducks and other migratory birds.
Types of birds
Pintail, shoveller, common pochard, tufted pochard, red crystal pochard, grey leg goose, bar-headed goose, red shank, green shank and small birds form a part of migratory birds and ducks of 17-18 different species which migrate from Central Asia, Europe, Russia, Ladakh and other parts of the world.
"Out of 172 species of these birds 75-80 types, nearly 50 percent migrate to Aurangabad during winter season and return after winter is over. Most fascinating is that these birds come in large numbers. The estimated figure is 23 lakhs in Jayakwadi," said Yardi.
Bird lover Karansingh Kakas found these amazing birds enjoying themselves in Cantonment green belt of the city.
Help in conserving water bodies
As these birds come in large numbers, they help in conserving water bodies. Yardi said, "Migratory birds come in lakhs here, they feed on fish, water plants and other water animals which help in conserving water bodies. Due to the birds, water bodies get cleaned up."
Change in the phenomenon
Normally, these migratory birds return in the month of February or March. But now, one can see these birds at Jayakwadi dam. Patil said, "Last week, I visited Jayakwadi dam. Migratory birds are still there as the water level is low. There is a large number of fish for birds to devour. So, numbers are increasing this year. Due to such change in water level birds have a good time for breeding, laying their eggs in nest."
Conserving the birds and protecting them from poaching
Bird lovers are appealing to people to come forward and protect the amazing bio-diversity by spreading awareness through internationally-acclaimed convention.
They must also be protected from poachers so that our future generations can get inspiration from nature.