Although much is known about the bird sanctuary in Bharatpur, Rajasthan, and the species it hosts, the rich diversity of birds that have made a home outside the sanctuary and around the city remains a mystery until now.
Around 150 volunteers have been engaged around the Keoladeo Ghana National Park in Bharatpur for the purpose of recording and preserving more species of birds this year as Global Birding Weekend.
The event of 16–18 October saw birds carrying census of bird species in and around Bharatpur and around the canals.
The Giriraj Canal and the Sailor Water Works in Bharatpur were two areas where volunteers raised many birds – a nest of chickpea bill, a Eurasian hobby, and several migratory larks and pipits.
“It is not just the water birds, but outside Bharatpur by our volunteers, the fields cut like Indian courtyards, the thrush of orange-headed land, the white-bellied minivets and many dry-land birds in white color are also seen in In fact, we have seen 325 species of birds in the Bharatpur area, which is about 25 percent of the species found in India, said Raj Singh, the organizer of the event.
The event was an attempt to involve the local people as much as possible, especially those who earn their livelihood by guiding the tourists visiting Bharatpur sanctuary.
Naturalists, guides, rickshaw drivers and members of Keoladeo National Park were some of the people who volunteered for the event. As no foreign tourists are visiting the park amid the epidemic, it was an opportunity for them to learn more about the birds in their region and improve their skills when tourism resumes, according to Mr. Singh.
According to the organizer, the highlight of the event was a colony of vultures, with participants coming to Bayana, about 40 km from Bharatpur. The vulture is now an endangered species and to see an entire colony in the colony and breeding was a scene that delights all bird lovers with this event.