Migrants are back in Mangalavanam, the green mangroved bird sanctuary at the heart of Kochi city. Last Thursday (18 Nov. 2010) in the late afternoon I got a chance to step into this cool retreat. From the top of the watch tower I could see a lot of waders wandering around on the mud flats exposed by low tide.
They were shanks: Green shanks and Red Shanks. There were more than eight individuals altogether. I was surprised to see a lonely Pompadour Green Pigeon close to the tree hut. Two Grey Herons flew across the water body with typical sound gestures. A Brown Crake was also wading in the muddy vegetation. A Magpie Robin was resting on the stilted roots of the mangrove.
A few Little Egrets and a lonesome Dabchick were also seen in water. The forest guards informed me that Paradise Flycatcher is around but unfortunately the Pitta is absent from the compound now.