Heavy rainfall final 12 months and excessive water inventory in a close-by dam has resulted in low variety of flamingos being noticed in Jayakwadi hen sanctuary in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar district, forest division officers mentioned on Monday.The division carried out a hen census at 30 spots on Sunday with the assistance of NGOs, and an space of 60 sq. kilometres out of the sanctuary’s 360 sq km space was coated, mentioned divisional forest officer Vijay Satpute.
“Flamingos, that are the prime attraction within the sanctuary, are lacking this 12 months attributable to heavy rainfall and excessive water storage within the dam. Nonetheless, we managed to identify 82 species of birds within the census and tabulation work is underway,” he added.
Chook professional Kishore Pathak mentioned different species of birds, other than flamingos, are additionally lacking this 12 months, and most of those are ones flying in from Central Asia and Europe.
“The pintail duck, painted stork, demoiselle crane, frequent crane and many others are absent this 12 months. They’re usually seen alongside the Jayakwadi banks until February,” he mentioned.
Dr Pathak mentioned one of many causes behind low flamingo numbers could possibly be the dearth of spirulina, an algae that grows in contemporary and salt water.
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