Birdwatchers witness a huge flock of gulls at NTPC

A bird-watching session by a bunch of birders final Sunday become a sight to behold once they noticed an unusually massive flock of migratory birds at an ash pond close to NTPC.

In what might be the primary main sighting of this season, the birdwatchers of Vizag Birdwatcher’s Society and Wildlife Conservation By means of Analysis and Training reported a large flock of three sea gulls species within the well-known birding hotspot throughout the Asian Waterbird Census.

About 1,150 species of Pallas’s gull, Heuglin’s gull and Steppe gull have been noticed at this undisturbed stretch of water physique, a lot to the delight of the birding group.

“That is the primary time we have now formally recorded such a large flock of seagulls right here. Whereas the Pallas’s gull has been recorded earlier on this space in only a few numbers, the opposite two species are new information,” Janardhan Uppada, a distinguished birder and member of Vizag Birdwatcher’s Society, informed The Hindu.

The staff, comprising Vivek Rathod, analysis biologist V. Bhagyasree, Prem Swaroop, Vikas and Janardhan Uppada discovered the huge flock of migratory birds at 8.45 a.m.

“With little human interference, the birds gave the impression to be at peace. They forage in close by backwaters and return to the identical place each day for the 4 months of their winter keep right here,” Mr. Janardhan stated.

The birders might watch the flock from a distance of round 60 m.

“That is very encouraging information from this area. Normally, completely different species of gulls are seen in good numbers on the Kakinada coast. However this type of numbers with three distinct species of gulls is a primary for Visakhapatnam,” he confirmed.

The three species of gulls migrate to this a part of the world from the Siberian coast in December and head again by March as soon as the temperatures begin rising. Heuglin’s gulls are massive gulls with a rounded head, robust invoice and lengthy legs and wings. The Steppe gull may be very related genetically to the Caspian gull. Previously, brown-headed and black headed gulls had been noticed visiting the grounds of Mangamaripeta and Mutyalammapalem in fewer numbers.

Extreme menace

With many birding grounds below extreme menace from industrialisation and urbanisation, this discovering offers hope to the birdwatching group on the survival possibilities of such long-distance migratory birds.

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