Ayanikad in Adat Kol: Combing the Kol Wetlands for Winter Visitors 2014

// January 5th, 2014 // Culture and Ecology, Eco Watch

Waterfowl in Kol wetland, 5 jan 2014.  Pond Heron and Median Egret at Adat Kol.

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.

2014 survey team: Subodh and Arjun (KAU-CoF), Riju (KFRI) and Ratheesh Kodungallur in Adat Kol, 5 Jan 2014.

Brown Shrike near Ayanikad islet in Adat Kol, 5 Jan 2013.

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 waterfowl roost by night. 5 Jan 2014.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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