Sightings at Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
The Vembanad wetland system is one of the largest wetland system in the country (2000 sq km). The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is located on the northern fringes. The Vembanad Wetland system was included in the list of wetlands of international importance, as defined by the Ramsar Convention for the conservation and sustainable utilization of wetlands in 2002. It is the largest of the three Ramsar Sites in Kerala.
The Sanctuary is host to many of migratory birds and marine life. The fragile ecosystem carries more than 100 birds as native. It comes in the way of Central Asian flyway for migration.
The month of October is not the best of the times for bird sightings. Nevertheless, it was quite an eventful and engrossing affair.
Depicted below are my sightings between Oct 23-25, 2016.
|Raptors at play ..... Brahmny Kite readying for a dive|
|Brahmny Kite .... on a reconnaissance flight|
|Black Kites - on the vigil |
|Black Kite - the typical forked tail|
|Snake Bird - Darter|
|White - breasted Water Hen|
|Paradise Fly catcher|
|Tree of Life - Cormorants & Darters|
|Racket Tailed Drongo|
|Indian Flying Fox or Great Indian Fruit Bat|
|Fresh Water Turtle|
|Asian Water Monitor|
The sights and sounds of Kumarakom are truly mesmerizing. Rejuvenated and recharged we moved on to Thekady and Munnar as the next stops.
Next Part : Part10: Thekady - Munnar - Point Calimare