Pallam Heronry

Yesterday I visited Pallam, six kilometers south of Kottayam and found plenty of Little Cormorant nests with chicks; and Pond Herons in breeding plumage near the Government Model Fish Farm.

Further west I also observed a few water cocks, purple herons, openbill storks, yellow wagtails, little egrets, common mynas and blue pegions.

At least five species of dragon flies were present on the floating water hyacinth. According to people there used to be bigger nesting colonies of egrets and herons in the west towards the Vembanad/R Block lake in the olden days.

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