Migratory birds have begun arriving at Chilika lake. “We have spotted birds of different species in the sanctuary,” said DFO (wildlife) BP Acharya. The wildlife division has taken steps to protect the feathered guests.
“We have set up camps in Nalabana to keep off poachers. More camps will be set up in other parts of the lake,” the DFO said adding “we expect more birds to flock the place in the coming days,” he added.
Ornithologists felt that early snowfall and scarce feed might have led the birds to migrate to Chilika.
“They start migrating when they face difficulties in getting feed and breeding,” noted ornithologist UN Dev said. However, former chief conservator of forests Sudhakar Mohapatra felt that the abundance of feed and favourable weather attracted the birds to Chilika and they have not arrived early this year. They are on time, he said.” PTI