Ayanikad in Adat Kol: Combing the Kol Wetlands for Winter Visitors 2014
// January 5th, 2014 // Culture and Ecology, Eco Watch
Waterfowl in Thrissur Kol wetland, 5 jan 2014. Pond Heron and Median Egret at Adat Kol.
2014 survey team: Subodh and Arjun (KAU-CoF), Riju (KFRI) and Ratheesh Kodungallur in Adat Kol, 5 Jan 2014.
Long-tailed Shrike near Ayanikad islet in Adat Kol, 5 Jan 2013. Thanks to Praveen J and Dilip K G for identification.
Ayanikad islet in Adat Kol. Known after its Ayani or Anjily trees, now no more. There is a huge Pipal and a shrine on which the waterfowls roost by night. 5 Jan 2014.
Clamorous Reed Warbler or Indian Great RW at Ayanikad in Adat Kol, 5 Jan 2013. It was elusive for an hour but when we sat near a lift water pump it came to us and allowed to take pictures and we all felt gratified.
Cultivation by de-watering in Kol below the sea level. A water lift pump house in Adat Kol, 5 Jan 2014.
Pied Kingfisher and Small Blue Kingfisher in Adat Kol, 5 jan 2014.
Subodh KAU, Riju KFRI, Ratheesh Kodungallur and me before the Ayanikad Pipal shrine the abode of the birds in Adat Kol, 5 Jan 2014. Photo: Arjun KAU
Apart from the Indian Great Warbler and Brown shrike we also saw a Pied Bush Chat and two Marsh Harriers combing the fields. The number of Marsh Harriers has dwindled this winter. As cultivation is already knee-high the waders and small birds were literally absent except a few sand pipers. We saw Common, Green, Spotted and Marsh Sandpipers as solitary individuals. Barn Swallows and Blue-tailed Bee Easters were fairly common.