As Winter sets in, migratory birds from Magnolia, Siberia, and Europe can be seen in the Indores water bodies . As exotic variety of winged visitors are enthralling bird lovers near Sirpur, Yashwant Sagar, Bilawali pond, Machal and Manpur regions.
Indian subcontinent plays host to a number of migratory birds in summers as well as winters over a hundred species of migratory birds fly to India, either in search of feeding grounds of to escape the severe winter of their native habitat.
The beauty of the birds, combined with the splendor of the natural environment provides perfect setting for a nature lover.
Usually, Kingfisher, Rosy, Pelican, Wood Sandpiper, Starling Bluethroat, Long billed Pipit birds start migrating towards other areas when they perceive the tailwind to be favorable. However, once they start their migration, nothing can stop them except extremely bad weather.
Many birds like Siberian Cranes, Greater Flamingo, Ruff and Black winged Stilt prefer to fly at a higher altitude while migrating. They start journey when they feel they have put on enough fat to provide them energy throughout the journey.
Tendency to aggregate into flocks is another determinant of the time of migration. Even after the flock, which has to fly together, has gathered, the birds keep on feeding till the weather condition becomes favorable. Availability of food plays role in determination of time of migration.
SUNIL KUMAR TIWARI, AIR NEWS INDORE (M.P.)