Eramangalam near Ponnani

Tuesday, 17 Feb. 2009, I visited a unique wetland in Eramangalam, 8kms south east of Ponnani. It is called Kayalar by the people. A combination of backwater and river.
In the Google Maps it appears to be a southern detached link of Biyam Kayal. Cultivation happens in summer on the southern side of a ‘bund’ that crosses the wetland. While the northern waterlogged Kayalar is full of wh. teals, spotbilled ducks, cotton pigmy geese, pur. swamphens, jacanas, terns etc., the cultivated part is bubbling with sandpipers, shanks, r. w. lapwings, swallows and yellow wagtails. an aquila and a few bramani kites were also around. It is a freshwater lake and bird density and visibility are extremely high.

A light pink water lilly is also endemic to this wetland. This unique wetland should be conserved for future.

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