Members of North Karnataka Birders Network (NKBN) have sighted 14 species of birds new to the area in the forests around Kaiga Nuclear Plant during the Kaiga Bird Marathon -2014 organised by the Nuclear Power Corporation (NPC).
The marathon is an yearly event conducted to examine the impact of the nuclear plant on the environment. Apart from birds, a black panther was sighted in the Kaiga area for the first time.
According to NKBN secretary Pavan Miskin, black panthers are usually sighted in Dandeli forests and it is rare to get them to see in this part of the Western Ghats.
Around 112 bird watchers of NK region in eight groups wandered roughly 6-7 kms around the Kaiga plant to check the impact of nuclear radiation on birds and animals. “If there is any leakage of nuclear radiations, it will first affect the birds,” Miskin said.
During this year’s marathon, the bird watchers have identified the following new species of birds like Booted Eagle, Eurasian Gollared Dove, Common Rose Finch, Rufos Tailed Finch Lark, Black Naped Monarch Fly Catcher, Frankin Prinia, Rufous Wook Pecker, Western Reef Egret, Bar Winged Fly Catcher Shrike, Brown Bested Fly Catcher, Black Ibis, Malabar Barbet, Drongo Cuckoo and Red Brested Fly Catcher.
Miskin, who is participating in the marathon for the third year, said 227 species of birds were sighted in the Kaiga area, of which 180 were spotted during the event. The Kaiga authorities will document the details of the birds and send a report to the Ministry of Environment and Forests.
Kaiga Nuclear Power Plant director H N Bhat and senior officials Hemanth Kumar and R R Dani were part of the team.