Migratory birds start arriving in Chilika Lake

At least seven lakh migratory birds have arrived at Odisha’s Chilika Lake, India’s largest brackish water lagoon, since October for their winter sojourn, an official said Friday.

Highest concentration of birds were seen at Nalabana island and Mangalajodi, a wet land inside the lake, Divisional Forest Officer, Chilka, B.R Das told IANS.

The 1,000 sq km lake, about 100 km from here, is spread over Puri, Khordha and Ganjam districts along the eastern coast and is home to some of the largest congregations of migratory birds in the country.

Every year, about a million migratory birds from places as far as Siberia, Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan come to the lake in October and return in March.

Last year, the birds had arrived in November, one month delay due to the effect of cyclone ‘Phailin’ that hit the coast of the state Oct 12.

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