National Bird Festival, Chilika is timed to revel in the glory of 10 lakhs winged visitors of 200 species at Mangalajodi during the winters in Odisha. Listen to different voices of different birds all around you, sometimes in chorus and sometimes simple exchange of language in form of Calls, Quacks, Chirps, Whistles, mimics & trills that echoes different stories of communication among them.
Mangalajodi, situated in the North Eastern Part of Chilika, the largest brackish water lake of Asia, is known as the "Birds Paradise of Asia" for a reason. Come winter and the place witnesses the highest gathering of more than 10 Lakh species of birds. This hamlet has come a long way from being the largest bird poaching place to become the primary attraction for bird watching.
Lakhs of Ruffs, Godwits, Terns, Plovers, Sandpipers, rare Grey-headed Lapwings, Gulls ,Pintails, Ruddy Shelducks, Skulkers like Ruddy-breasted Crakes, Baillon's Crakes, Slaty-breasted Rails and the Greater Painted Snipes ,Black-tailed Godwits, Oriental Pratincoles and the Pacific Golden Plovers etc. Variety of Raptors are also seen hunting in different parts of Mangalajodi. Locally migrating species such as Spot-billed Pelican, Oriental darter, Painted Stork and Black-headed Ibis are in the near threatened category. Long distance migrant birds which are in the list are Lesser Flamingo, Ferruginous Pochard, Black-tailed Godwit, Eurasian Curlew, Asian Dowitcher, Curlew Sandpiper, Great Thick Knee, River Tern (Near Threatened); Common Pochard, Indian Skimmer (Vulnerable); Great Knot (Endangered). Eurasian Wigeon (More than 1 Lakh), Gadwall ,Black-tailed Godwit, Northern Shoveller (nearing 1 Lakh) and species like Garganey, Lesser Sandplover, and Brown-headed Gull, Common Teal are found in large flocks in thousands .
Chilika lies in the Central Asian Flyway for birds and is a major stopover site for migratory birds from the arctic and sub-arctic during their onward and return migration along the east coast. The variety of habitats in the Island such as mudflats, floating and submerged vegetation, reed-beds, open waters with varying depth and salinity attract a variety of migratory and resident bird species. Considering its importance as a major congregation site for migratory waders and ducks and the huge population of birds it supports it has been recognized as a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar convention and has been included in the Ramsar list. Mangalajodi freshwater wetland and Nalabana Island which form part of the Chilika lake have been identified as Important Bird Areas (IBA).
A visit to Nalabana Bird Sanctuary, a beautiful island in the heart of Chilika, on 2nd day of the Bird Festival would give you a chance to tete-a-tete with 4 to 5 lakhs of birds in the 15 Sq.Km Sanctuary. You may just be lucky enough to witness nesting colonies of many variety of colourful birds and also Raptors during the time. Beautiful Flamingos', glorious & magnificent, in hundreds flock in Nalabana and Chilika takes the pride of being the largest breeding ground of Flamingos' in the world. National Chilika Bird Fest is the only time when Nalabana is opened for nature lovers of all around the globe.
Registration & Breakfast of Participants at Panthanivas, Bhubaneswar
Departure from Bhubaneswar to Mangalajodi by OTDC transport
Inauguration of photo exhibition and stalls by Chief Guest
Birding at Mangalajodi - 1st(30 boats, 120 participants)
Birding at Mangalajodi - 2nd(20 boats, 80 participants)
Dinner by Organizers
Breakfast by Organizers
Birding at Nalabana - Group 1 (Registration SL No. 1 to 100)
Packed Lunch by Organizers
Birding at Nalabana - Group 2 (Registration SL No. 101 to 200)
Departure from Barkul to Bhubaneswar (expected time of arrival at Bhubaneswar 7:00 PM)
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