The commencement of the annual bird census at Chilika lagoon

by Subhechcha Ganguly
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On Wednesday morning, the annual bird census in Chilika Lake, Asia’s largest brackish water lagoon, got underway.
In order to count the migratory and domestic birds in the Chilika lagoon, which is spread out over the Puri, Khordha, and Ganjam districts, at least 21 teams totaling more than 100 people have been sent.Five ranges under Chilika Wildlife Division are participating in the head counting exercise: Balugaon, Tangi, Nuapada, Rambha, and Satapada.

Every year, starting at 6 am, the annual counting is carried out and will go until 12 pm. Two-way radios (walkie-talkies), binoculars, GPS scales, and cameras have all been given to the teams for the annual census of both domestic and migratory birds. Millions of feathered visitors have begun to arrive in Chilika from all over the world, attracting a sizable number of bird and nature lovers. Most of the out-of-the-way visitors come from places like the Caspian Sea, northern Eurasia, Siberia, Kazakhstan, Lake Baikal, Russia, and other nearby nations each year.

Before heading back home before the start of summer, they spend the winter here.

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