Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Birds of Chilika: Series 4


Peregrine Falcon

Scientific Name: Falco peregrinus
Winter Visitor to the Chilka lake....breeds throughout the Eurasian region including the Indian subcontinent.
IUCN Status: Least Concern
Occurrence at Chilika: An uncommon visitor to the Lake. Occasionally recorded in Nalabana area. This pic was clicked in Mangalajodi which is a new record.
 Lesser Pied Kingfisher
Scientific Name: Ceryle rudis
Resident bird
IUCN Status: Least Concern
Occurrence at Chilika: Very Common

 Pheasant tailed Jacana

Scientific Name: Hydrophasianus chirurgus
Breeds in Chilika
IUCN Status: Least Concern
Occurrence at Chilika: Frequently sighted
Purple Heron
Scientific Name: Ardea purpurea
Breeds at Chilika
IUCN Status: Least Concern
Occurrence at Chilika: Very Common
Purple Moorhen
Scientific Name: Porphyrio porphyrio
Breeds in Chilika
IUCN Status: Least Concern
Occurrence at Chilika: Very Common
Richard's Pipit
Scientific Name: Anthus richardi
Migrates from Siberia and Korea
IUCN Status: Least Concern
Occurrence at Chilika: Frequently sighted along the bunds

 Rudy breasted Crake
Scientific Name: Porzana fusca
Migrates from other parts of the subcontinent
IUCN Status: Least Concern
Occurrence at Chilika: Frequently sighted in the marshes

Ruff
Scientific Name: Philomachus pugnax
Migrates from Siberia
IUCN Status: Least Concern
Occurrence at Chilika: Very common
                                                             Glossy Ibis
Scientific Name: Plegadis falcinellus
Migrates from Central Asia and Eurasia. Some of Individuals have started residing in Chilika itself.
IUCN Status: Least Concern
Occurrence at Chilika: Used to be very uncommon visitor to Chilika, but recently individuals numbering around 200 have been sighted in Mangalajodi.

Goliath Heron
Scientific Name: Ardea goliath
Migrates from Africa with some sporadic populations residing in South Asia
IUCN Status: Least Concern
Occurrence at Chilika: This single Heron pictured above used to reside in Mangalajodi till last year. This year in the Waterfowl census some individuals have been recorded in other channels of Chilika. That's a good news. Hopefully they make a return to Chilika in large numbers.

Please note that not all the Pics have been actually shot at Chilika and is for academic purpose only.
 

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