Shivdaspura villagers in Jaipur have welcomed an abundance of feathered visitors this season as around 10,000 migratory birds have come to Chandlai Lake, about 3 km from the village.
According to the experts and birdwatchers, the number of winged guests from abroad includes some species who haven’t visited the lake in several years. Villagers have thronged the lake shores in order to watch the flocks swimming on the blue water.
More than 10 species of birds such as northern shoveler, common pochard, pintail, tufted duck, ruff, common redshank, common green shank, and common teal have been sighted this season. Nishant Shukla, a member of the bird watching group CORSER told the Times of India, "For the past two years species like tufted duck have not been seen here. It's a good sign that the lake has vegetation for these birds."
With many local birds migrating to the lake, the scene is a delight for birdwatchers. Some local birds such as osprey and woolly-necked stork have also migrated from various parts of India. Most of the birds are young female northern shovelers and have not attained their complete colors. While the bird watchers are delighted to see the number of migratory birds grow this year, they are worried for the future as there is not much effort by the government to conserve Chandlai Lake in Jaipur.