MANIPAL: The Manipal International University campus has become a bird watcher’s paradise thanks to a community founded by Shivashankar and Ramith Singhal.
During the recently held 5th edition of the Annual Manipal Bird Day, three new birds — including Tickell’s Thrush, Blue-eared Kingfisher and Slaty-breasted Rail, were sighted by participants from Dakshina Kananda and Udupi districts. This year, 75 participants were divided into 15 teams to explore 17 locations. Almost 20 bird watchers met again in the evening to count the waders at Manipal Lake and a few finished the day counting off nocturnal birds.
According to Shivashankar, a pupil of the late S A Hussian of the lineage of naturalist Salim Ali, 155 species were seen on the day, including rarities like the Richard’s Pipit, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Grey-headed Bulbul and the Sri Lanka Frogmouth. The most commonly reported species were the Indian Golden Oriole, Red-wattled Lapwing, Spotted Dove, White-throated Kingfisher, White-cheeked Barbet, Ashy Drongo, Red-whiskered Bulbul, Common Myna and Purple-rumped Sunbird.