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एक दिन में 16 हजार किमी तक उड़ान भरने वाले विदेशी पक्षी बार हेडेड गूज से चंबल गुलजार, देखें तस्वीरें
न्यूज डेस्क, अमर उजाला, आगरा, Updated Sat, 30 Nov 2019 12:14 AM IST
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बार हेडेड गूज - फोटो : अमर उजाला

रिकार्ड 28 हजार फीट की ऊंचाई पर उड़ान भर कर तिब्बत, कजाकिस्तान, रूस, मंगोलिया से चंबल पहुंचे बार हेडेड गूज के झुंड और उनकी अठखेलियां सैलानियों को खूब भा रही हैं।

एक दिन में 1600 किमी की उड़ान भरने की क्षमता वाले बार हेडेड गूज के झुंड ने बाह के नंदगवां घाट पर चंबल नदी में डेरा डाल लिया है। चंबल के जल में इनकी अठखेलियां यहां आने वाले सैलानियों को खूब भा रही हैं। पक्षी विशेषज्ञ सतेंद्र शर्मा ने बताया कि चंबल की आवोहवा इस पक्षी को भा रही है। तभी साल दर साल इनके झुंड यहां दस्तक दे रहे हैं। पर्यटक पक्षियों के झुंड और इनके बारे में जानकर अचंभित हो उठते हैं। वन कर्मी इन प्रवासी पक्षियों पर नजर भी रखे हुए हैं।

बार हेडेड गूज के सिर और गर्दन पर काले निशान के साथ इनका रंग पीला ग्रे होता है। सिर पर दो काली सलाखों के आधार पर सफेद पंख होते हैं। इनके पैर मजबूत और नारंगी रंग के होते हैं। इनकी लंबाई 68 से 78 सेमी, पंखों का फैलाव 140 से 160 सेमी, वजन दो से तीन किलोग्राम होता है। मई के अंत में प्रजनन शुरू होता है।

ये अपना घोंसला खेत के टीले या पेड़ पर बनाते हैं। एक बार में तीन से आठ अंडे देते हैं। 27 से 30 दिनों में अंडे से बच्चे बाहर निकलते हैं। दो महीने के बच्चे उड़ान भरने लगते हैं।

बार हेडेड गूज के चंबल में कई ठिकाने दिखे हैं। यहां इनकी मौजूदगी पर्यटकों के लिए सुखद अनुभव है। सबसे ऊंची और तेज उड़ान वाले पक्षी के चंबल प्रवास पर नजर रखी जा रही है। - आरके सिंह राठौर , रेंजर बाह



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Winter’s come early, and so have the winged migrants
Shilpy Arora | TNN | Updated: Dec 21, 2019, 13:52 IST

For all the good news, however, concerns remain over the nonstop damage to bird habitats in the city, concerns...Read More

GURUGRAM: As foggy mornings make way for hazy afternoons, with the odd day of blue sky, the city continues to welcome winged visitors at many locations, including Sultanpur National Park, Mangar Bani, Aravali Biodiversity Park and Najafgarh jheel. Indeed, with the cold season arriving early, most winter migratory species have already made their way to the region.
Interestingly, among the species sighted is the Grey-hooded Warbler, a pleasant surprise for birdwatchers and avifauna experts.
“Since the winter has set in early, and it is extremely cold in the Himalayas, species like the Grey-hooded Warbler have come so far to the plains — I spotted two of the birds feeding on a tree in Sultanpur,” shared Brigadier Arvind Yadav, a birder and environmentalist from Delhi.
“Generally, the species goes up to the foothills of the Himalayas during winter in search of food. However, this year it has come so far, which shows change in behaviour of the species.” The Brigadier also spotted the brook’s leaf warbler, hen harrier and Himalayan vulture. Interestingly, all four species (alongside the common quail) have been sighted in Sultanpur.
In the case of the Himalayan vulture, birdwatchers believe it is identical to the bird rescued last month from DLF-4 in Gurugram, and subsequently rehabilitated in the Aravalis.
“A sub-adult Himalayan vulture has been roaming around and roosting in Sultanpur, for about a week. It has been staying in the park,” revealed Amit Sharma, another member of the community of avid birders.
Incidentally, the vulture was first noticed in Sultanpur by Sharma, in the company of fellow birdwatchers Brigadier Yadav, Gaurav Yadav, Janarthan Barthwal and Col Vidwans. “It is quite possible that this vulture is part of the group spotted at the Aravali Biodiversity Park last month, and left behind from the group,” Sharma added.
But that’s not all. Birders this season have also come across the greater flamingo, northern shoveler, common teal, short-eared owl, woolly-necked stork, painted stork, white-bellied minivet, long-tailed minivet and black-headed ibis, in areas as far apart as Mangar, Aravali Biodiversity Park, and the wetlands in Najafgarh and Basai.
Equally significant, Sharma believes, are sightings of the hen harrier, which makes its way from Eurasia, and the common quail, coming from Europe and North Africa. “There are very few records of the hen harrier in Gurugram. Common quail is another important sighting since it camouflages in bushes and, thus, its photographic records are very few — however, I have been able to capture photos of the species this year,” he explained, adding, “So far, this has been quite a successful year in terms of sightings of winter migratory birds.”
For all the good news, however, concerns remain over the nonstop damage to bird habitats in the city, concerns which birders have again raised. “While we are lucky to spot winter migratory species in the city, I don’t know if future generations will be able to spot these species here if the destruction of wetlands, grasslands and forests continues,” maintains Pankaj Gupta of the Delhi Bird Foundation, a not-for-profit.
“For instance, a construction and demolition waste treatment plant, construction of a drain and expansion of fisheries in water bodies has led to destruction of the Basai wetland. And many habitats of birds in forests and grasslands in Faridabad have been disturbed due to illegal construction in the area.”
Gupta feels there’s no time to waste in making sure that protection is provided to every area to which bird species flock, and where they congregate, including the entire Aravalis.

Winter’s come early, and so have the winged migrants | Gurgaon News - Times of India
More water birds, species recorded at Najafgarh wetland

CITIES Updated: Jan 15, 2020 22:27 IST
Prayag Arora-Desai

Prayag Arora-Desai

Gurugram Fifty-four species of waterfowl, including six species red-listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), were recorded in a census at the Najafgarh jheel in Gurugram. The number is up from 31 species, including four red-listed birds, recorded in last year’s census.
The population has also gone up from 1,679 birds in 2019 to 9,453 birds this year.
Conducted on January 4, as part of the 2020 Asian Waterbird Census (AWC) by Netherlands-based Wetlands International, the census also recorded healthy populations of winter migratory birds. A report shared with HT by TK Roy, an ecologist and Delhi state coordinator for the AWC, notes that 1,337 specimens of bar-headed geese were recorded, besides 1,057 specimens of gadwall, 3,738 Eurasian coots, 684 common teals and 780 northern shovelers, all of which migrate from Central and Northern Asia.
Moreover, six of the IUCN’s red-listed species — the black-headed ibis, black-tailed godwit, common pochard, painted stork, greater spotted eagle and oriental darter — were spotted.
Of these, the darter, stork and ibis are resident species, which birders said are commonly seen at Najafgarh throughout the year. The remaining three are winter migrants.
Roy said, “We have been conducting such censuses at wetlands across India. Najafgarh is one of the few places where we noted an increase in population and diversity of species this year. At other wetlands, such as Delhi’s Okhla, the numbers have actually dropped.”
The AWC 2020 census for Najafgarh also reports an increase in the diversity of species, compared to AWC 2018, wherein 40 species of birds were recorded (including one IUCN red-listed species), with a total population of 3,091 birds.
While Roy did not provide a definitive hypothesis behind these observations, he added that the numbers bode well for the health of Najafgarh’s ecosystem, which can provide an ideal feeding and roosting habitat for birds. “The region also saw a healthy monsoon in 2019, which would have directly impacted the quality of habitat, making it attractive to more birds,” he said.
According to Pankaj Gupta of the Delhi Bird Foundation, the AWC census numbers are not surprising. “We conducted our own count at Najafgarh on January 13, and recorded a little over 130 species, including the ones mentioned in the AWC census report, which only looks at water birds. Our count was higher because we do not restrict ourselves to waterfowls.”
Gupta also did not speculate on why the population and numbers have increased this year. “To make such a statement requires more scientific study. At the moment, all we have are census counts, which need to be further analysed. On the whole, I would say that there is no immediate cause for alarm except a decline in flamingo populations at Najafgarh over the last five years. This is, again, something which needs more investigation.”
Both Roy and Gupta drew attention to the lack of official wetland status for Najafgarh, which has been pending for the past four years, when a National Green Tribunal order called for the water body’s protection. “An official wetland status is imperative for the site so that conservation and scientific inquiries will get a boost,” Gupta said.

More water birds, species recorded at Najafgarh wetland
Najafgarh Lake Reaches The Highest Number Of Foreign Birds For 3 Years

3 सालों से सबसे ज्यादा विदेशी परिंदे पहुंचे नजफगढ़ झील

दिल्ली-एनसीआर की झीलों में विदेशी परिंदों की संख्या पिछले साल की तुलना में कम रही है। लेकिन नजफगढ़ झील इसका अपवाद है। तीन सालों में यहां सबसे अधिक ...

Navbharat Times | Updated: 20 Jan 2020, 08:00:00 AM IST

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नई दिल्ली : दिल्ली-एनसीआर की झीलों में विदेशी परिंदों की संख्या पिछले साल की तुलना में कम रही है। लेकिन नजफगढ़ झील इसका अपवाद है। तीन सालों में यहां सबसे अधिक प्रजातियों के पक्षी पहुंचे हैं, जिसकी वजह से यह झील इन दिनों पक्षी प्रेमियों को भी खूब लुभा रही है। इसकी वजह यहां अच्छे मॉनसून की वजह से पक्षियों के लिए अनुकूल माहौल बनना है। यहां पर पक्षियों के लिए खाना पर्याप्त मात्रा में उपलब्ध है। इसी वजह से दिन के समय यहां खाने के लिए काफी संख्या में विदेशी परिंदे दिखाई दे रहे हैं।
एशियन वॉटर बर्ड सेंसस 2020 में इस झील में पिछले दो सालों की तुलना में कहीं अधिक पक्षियों की प्रजातियां और पक्षी मिले हैं। यह सेंसस दिल्ली-एनसीआर में 4 जनवरी से 14 जनवरी तक छह जगहों पर हुआ। इनमें सूरजपुर वेटलैंड, नजफगढ़ झील, ओखला बर्ड सैंक्चुरी, यमुना नदी, संजय झील और नैशनल जू पार्क शामिल रहे।
5 जनवरी को यह सेंसस नजफगढ़ झील में किया गया। एडब्ल्यूसी दिल्ली स्टेट कार्डिनेटर और इकोलॉजिस्ट टीके रॉय के अनुसार इस बार नजफगढ़ झील में 54 प्रजातियों के 9454 पक्षी पाए गए हैं, जबकि 2019 में यहां महज 31 प्रजातियों के 1679 पक्षी पाए गए थे। 2019 में यहां पक्षियों की प्रजातियां कम हुई थी। 2018 में यहां 40 प्रजातियों के 3091 पक्षी मिले थे।
टीके रॉय के अनुसार ग्लोबल क्लाइमेट का असर पक्षियों पर साफ दिखाई दे रहा है। वहीं सर्दियां भी इस बार देर से शुरू हुई। नजफगढ़ झील इन पक्षियों का पसंदीदा हैबिटेट है। यहां पर गीज काफी संख्या में आती हैं। ट्रेंड बता रहे हैं कि मॉनसून का भी झीलों में आने वाले पक्षियों पर दिखाई देता है। इस साल अच्छे मॉनसून की वजह से झील में पक्षियों के लिए पर्याप्त खाना और पानी है। इसी वजह से यहां एक्सक्लूसिव वेजिटेरियन बर्ड भी आई हैं। नजफगढ़ झील में सेंट्रल एशिया से 1337 बार हेडेड गीज, नॉर्थ एशिया से 1057 गडवाल, 3738 यूरेशियन कूट, 684 कॉमन टील, 780 नॉर्दर्न शॉवलर प्रजातियां मिलीं। यूएनसीएन रेड लिस्ट में शामिल प्रजातियों में यहां ब्लैक हेडेड इबिस, ब्लैक टेल्ड गुडविट, कॉमन पोर्च्ड, पेंटेड स्टार्क, ग्रेटर स्पॉटेड इगल, ओरिंटल डार्टर वगैरह मिले हैं।

Delhi Samachar: 3 सालों से सबसे ज्यादा विदेशी परिंदे पहुंचे नजफगढ़ झील - najafgarh lake reaches the highest number of foreign birds for 3 years | Navbharat Times
Count in, bird species tally up to 253 in Delhi-NCR

Count in, bird species tally up to 253 in Delhi-NCR

DELHI Updated: Jan 20, 2020 00:02 IST

In what birdwatchers called a “spectacular record”, at least 253 species of birds were recorded from Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) on the Big Bird Day (BBD) held on January 12, the result of which was released on Sunday.
This is the third highest tally of bird species in Delhi-NCR recorded after 2005 and 2017 on the BBD, since the annual day-long event dedicated to bird-watching and recording the number of species sighted in a region, started in 2004.
Bird watchers had spotted 271 species in 2005, the highest tally till date. In 2017, at least 268 species were recorded. Last year the count was held in the first week of February and 247 species could be seen.
“Spotting over 250 species on a single day is remarkable. There could be two reasons. First, January 12 was a sunny day and birds might have come out in large numbers. Second, with more people taking up birding as a hobby we had more eyes on the field this time,” said Nikhil Devasar, founder of Delhibird.
This year about 500 birders in 26 teams had participated in the 17th edition of the Big Bird Day in Delhi-NCR across 39 locations.
The organisers also said that most of the birds were sighted around wetlands, such as Najafgarh and Sultanpur, in the outskirts of Delhi and adjoining towns, as they are greener and relatively less disturbed by humans. These wetlands have over the years become a haven for migratory birds.
“The Najafgarh drain and adjoining low-lying areas, including the wetlands of Basai and Sultanpur in Gurugram, are important bird habitats. These areas are host to water birds such as Greater Flamingos,” said Pankaj Gupta, a birder, adding his team spotted around 80 common cranes and over 250 flamingos around the Najafgarh wetlands.
Even though no ‘rare’ species were sighted, a number of ‘special sightings’ were on the list such as the Ferruginous Pochard. It was an uncommon sighting as species is listed in the “near threatened” category of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List.
The sighting of a Great Bittern, a migratory bird from Europe was also a bonus, according to organisers, as the bird is uncommon and only one or two members of this species could be spotted every year. Other important sightings include the Great Crested Grebe and Black-necked Stork
“There are two types of migratory birds - aquatic and terrestrial. The aquatic birds such as Ferruginous Pochard and Red-crested Pochard come from central Asia and Europe. In winters, the wetlands in their home countries get frozen and they migrate to relatively warmer places. Most migration is in the wetlands and the birds stay till late February before they fly back home,” said Faiyaz A Khudsar, scientist in-charge of the Yamuna Biodiversity Park
The teams also found a variety of raptors (birds of prey) such as the Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Eastern Imperial Eagle, Bonelli’s Eagle, Short-eared Owl, Barn Owl and Spotted Owlet.
Apart from Delhi-NCR the exercise was carried out in other states such as Telengana, Madhya Pradesh, Assam, Andhra Pradesh and Kolkata. It was also held in California and Colorado in USA and in the UK.

Count in, bird species tally up to 253 in Delhi-NCR