Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Jamnagar Heaven of Birds

Wetlands are area that link water & land. They include both fresh water & sea water. Most of the fresh water wetlands are man made surrounding Jamnagar. They all are dependent on rain. The wetlands provide nutrients to plants & animal, including insects which are primary food for birds. Thus, wetlands provide very important habitat for many species of plants & animals including about half of all known bird species.

Jamnagar district have vast wetland diversity. There is coastal area as well as inland wetlands which attracts very large no. of birds.

Charakala salt-pans, Khijadia bird sanctuary, Narara Island, Pirotan Island, Barda hills, Dhinchda Lake, Ranjit Sagar dam, Kharaberaja dam, Lakhota Lake are the main areas where we can find birds in their extraordinary natural habits.

Jamnagar have large no. of migratory & non-migratory species. About 300 species has been recorded. Most of the migratory species can be found during winter.

Jamnagar also have some rare & endangered species like Lesser Flamingoes, Painted Storks, Eurasian Spoonbills, Black-headed Ibis, Darter, Dalmatian Pelicans, Openbill storks, Osprey, Indian Skimmer, Black-necked Stork, Crab plovers, Red-necked Phalarope etc.