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Pratincoles, Wagtails, Gulls… in the Perar at Kutipuram

Small Pratincoles reclining on the sand beds of Nila or river Perar at Kutipuram.  7 Jan 2013

Small Pratincoles reclining on the sand beds of Nila or river Perar at Kutipuram.  7 Jan 2013.  Poor light due to winter.

A soaring Open-bill Stork above Perar at Kutipuram.  7 Jan 2013

A soaring Open-bill Stork above Perar at Kutipuram. 7 Jan 2013

 

Big Gulls at Kutipuram, mostly Pallas' Gulls and Heuglin Gulls.  Note the black hood of Pallas'. 7 Jan 2013

Big Gulls at Kutipuram, mostly Pallas’ Gulls and Heuglin Gulls. Note the black hood of Pallas’. 7 Jan 2013

A Small Pratincole in river Perar at Kutipuram, 7 Jan 2013.

A Small Pratincole in river Perar at Kutipuram, 7 Jan 2013.

 

Big Gulls flying in Nila.  Kutipuram bridge in the back ground.  7 Jan 2013

Big Gulls flying in Nila. Kutipuram bridge in the back ground. 7 Jan 2013

A Jerdon's Bush Lark on a sand bank in the Nila at Kutipuram. 7 Jan 2013

Oriental Skylark on a sand bank in the Nila at Kutipuram. 7 Jan 2013

 

A White Wagtail in the Nila at Kutipuram, 7 jan 2013

A White Wagtail in the Nila at Kutipuram, 7 jan 2013

A Large Pied Wagtail/ White-browed Wagtail in the NIla at Kutipuram, 7 jan 2013.

A Large Pied Wagtail/ White-browed Wagtail in the NIla at Kutipuram,                     7 jan 2013.

 

Small Pratincole and White Wagtail having a dip in the river Perar at Kutipuram, 7 jan 2013.

Small Pratincole and White Wagtail having a dip in the river Perar at Kutipuram, 7 jan 2013.  Dim light due to winter conditions.

Pratincoles doting the sand bed in the Nila at Kutipuram, 7 jan 2013.

Pratincoles doting the sand bed in the Nila at Kutipuram, 7 jan 2013.

 

Big Gulls in flight in the NIla at Kutipuram, 8 Jan 2013.

Big Gulls in flight in the NIla at Kutipuram, on the morn of 8 Jan 2013.

Heuglin and Pallas' Gulls in the Perar at Kutipuram, 8 jan 2013 morn.  White headed ones are Heuglin Gulls.  Black hooded ones are Pallas' Gulls.

Heuglin and Pallas’ Gulls in the Perar at Kutipuram, 8 jan 2013 morn. White headed ones are Heuglin Gulls. Black hooded ones are Pallas’ Gulls.

 

A fast running Little Ringed Plover on the shingled banks of the Perar/Nila at Kutipuram on the morn of 8 jan 2013.

A fast running Little Ringed Plover on the shingled banks of the Perar/Nila at Kutipuram on the morn of 8 jan 2013.

Around 3000 big gulls at Kutipuram in river Perar, 8 jan 2013.

Around 3000 big gulls at Kutipuram in river Perar, 8 jan 2013.

Migratory Birds in Kasaragod: Season 2011

Terek Sandpiper and Sand Plover, Manjeswar river mouth, March 2011

Kasaragod the northernmost  district of Kerala is endowed with beautiful beaches and estuaries that host a range of winged visitors from far and wide.    Manjeswaram, Kumbala and Thalangara/Chandragiri form the major estuarine habitats  of Tulunadu that welcome the migratory birds from all over the world in large numbers.

Sand Plovers at Manjeswar beach, March 2011

Since I am currently teaching at Govt. College Kasaragod I am able to observe the biodiversity and ecological importance of rivers and estuarine wetlands in the Kasaragod coast that lure the shorebirds from thousands of miles afar.

Paradise Flycatcher, Vidyanagar, Kasaragod, Feb 2011

My isolated evenings and weekends in the margin of Kerala were cheerfully blessed and environmentally sensitized by these feathered friends from alien shores.  Thanks to these ancient navigators and globe trotters I learn many things from them.

Waders and shorebirds near Manjeswar river mouth, March 2011

Now that we have got rid of the agent of end and it requires years for the cleaning up of rivers and wetlands, I repeat my earlier idea for conserving these unique environmental treasures by declaring them as community reserves at least after the success story of Kadalundy where the numbers have dwindled this season.

Red Shank and Green Shank, Manjeswar beach, March 2011

As the migratory season is coming to a close and the world is observing Migratory Bird Day on 14 and 15 May 2011 let me present my snaps of shore birds, waders and migratory birds that I encountered on the beaches, wetlands, estuaries and woodlands of Kasaragod.

Migratory shore birds near the mouth of river Chandragiri, Kasaragod, Feb 2011

I salute their instinct for survival against all the pressures of development, pollution, urbanization, reclamation and increased human encroachment and alteration in their natural habitat and wetland ecology.

Sanderlings and Curlew Sandpipers, Thalangara estuary, Kasaragod, Jan 2011

Let us salute the enduring spirit of life that transcends continents and let us uphold the ethics  and politics of conservation for the endangered and for all of us.  Let us protect these little ones and protect our future and the future of our planet.

Black and Brown headed Gulls in Kumbala estuary, Jan 2011

Western Reef Egret, Thalangara/Chandragiri estuary, Jan 2011

Kentish Plovers, Kasaragod beach, Feb 2011

Gulls, waders and shore birds at Chandragiri river mouth, March 2011

Dunlins and Sanderlings, Kumbala beach, Feb 2011

Waders mostly shanks, Punjavi beach, Kanjangad, Feb 2011

Pallas' Gull, Thalangara/Chandragiri estuary, March 2011

Eurasian Curlews, Thalangara estuary, Jan 2011

Sunset in Thalangara/Chandragiri estuary, Kasaragod, Jan 2011