a "birds" village in West Bengal...

#16 Oct 14th, 2011, 01:29
Join Date:
Sep 2008
Location:
4221'N, 7103'W
Posts:
2,595
  • RWeHavingFunYet is offline
#16
.

Quote:
Originally Posted by asishdas View Post Very interesting..not known to many. Usually migratory birds come on the onset of winter season, but in this case, birds come during summer and leave before onset of winter season. Is there any particular reason for this?
These are all resident birds -- local and only altitudinal migrants. All the birds mentioned by OP, breed during the months April to September in north India and November to March in south India.

Balurghat has a airport. Explore source Google Map
Attached Images
Balurghat2 copy.jpg 
#17 Oct 14th, 2011, 01:40
Join Date:
Aug 2010
Location:
Bhutan
Posts:
267
  • madascene is offline
#17
Lovely pictures namus. Had no idea about this place. Looks like a nice place to visit for all nature lovers. I am certainly looking forward to it this December if possible. Do you think winter is the right time to visit or should I wait till spring?
#18 Oct 14th, 2011, 10:48
Join Date:
Jul 2011
Location:
Kolkata
Posts:
24
  • Archintyab is offline
#18
Quote:
Originally Posted by namus View Post angina
Hi Namus, Lovely picture. Most of them i see the Asian Openbill Stork (Local Name:Shamukkhol), right? Actually just a month back i visited the place called Belun, Bardhaman and from there we went to ATTAHAS, there i saw lots of Openbill Stork. I have few pictures those are mostly similar with your post.
Last edited by JuliaF; Oct 14th, 2011 at 15:00.. Reason: converted to standard font
#19 Oct 14th, 2011, 16:42
Join Date:
Oct 2011
Location:
balurghat
Posts:
22
  • namus is offline
#19
thank you. but winter is not the right time to visit. because they usually remain here in the summer season and fly back during the winter.
#20 Oct 14th, 2011, 16:46
Join Date:
Oct 2007
Location:
Kolkata
Posts:
2,953
  • asishdas is offline
#20
I see. According to RWeHavingFunYet, these are resident birds of north & south India. But Balurghat happens to be in West Bengal, which fall in the eastern part of the country. I'm curious (just curious, no academic curiosity) why they come to Balurghat during summer?

I know of Balurghat, once I had visited the place to attend a seminar, but that was long time back. I'm not sure whether the town has a Airport or not, but what I know for sure that even if it is there, it is NOT functional and that no air services are available as of now. Balurghat has direct train and bus services from Kolkata and it is not difficult to reach there. But, may be, one has take the help of locals to reach this particular village.
#21 Oct 15th, 2011, 01:37
Join Date:
Oct 2011
Location:
balurghat
Posts:
22
  • namus is offline
#21
sir, RWeHavingFunyet is right in his point of view that this is the breeding time of the birds. yes they come here, lay their eggs, hatch them, help the little ones grow up and when they learn to fly they go back. i asked some of the villagers whether they know the reason why they come here only. they answered in negative.they told its their choice. but as i asked why they come during summer, they answered that its the season of sowing and harvesting rice crop and enough snails and other insects can be found on the agricultural lands and everywhere.the birds feed on these insects. yes we have an airport. but its not functional. once upon a time balurghat stood as an important town of undivided bengal. but now it is considered as a small border town. but u can be sure of my help if u come here.
#22 Oct 15th, 2011, 03:02
Join Date:
Sep 2008
Location:
4221'N, 7103'W
Posts:
2,595
  • RWeHavingFunYet is offline
#22
Quote:
Originally Posted by asishdas View Post I see. According to RWeHavingFunYet, these are resident birds of north & south India. But Balurghat happens to be in West Bengal, which fall in the eastern part of the country. I'm curious (just curious, no academic curiosity) why they come to Balurghat during summer?

These gregarious birds breed in mixed rookeries and heronries consisting of: Openbill storks, Cormorants, Herons, Egrets, Teals, Ducks and other similar species etc.

For breeding the key is availability of plenty of food and safety of nests from predators.

Also key to breeding is freshwater mangrove trees called Barringtonia. This species grows on seasonally flooded lowland plains, commonly on heavy soils and on the banks of freshwater rivers, and the edges of freshwater swamps and lagoons.

Openbill storks are heavy birds. A breeding couple builds a big heavy nest to raise 2 to 3 chicks. Barringtonia tree supports all that weight. Towards end of the season there are like 4 to 5 adults in each nest or on the trees. The Barringtonia tree supports all that weight. It is simply amazing how strong Barringtonia is.

If you visit this bird sanctuary, try to touch and feel this Barringtonia. It is an amazing tree. It is spongy, flexible, rubbery and very strong and withstands strong winds and heavy monsoons. It is more like a huge spring mattress.

Quote:
I'm curious (just curious, no academic curiosity) why they come to Balurghat during summer?
The monsoon winds from Indian Ocean hits the main land of Indian subcontinent at Bangladesh first, and travels north westerly. When the monsoon rains hit Bangladesh, June to November, these Barringtonia trees get flooded in water. This flooding provides islands of trees and protection to birds from predator animals which would normally climb up the trees and eat those eggs and chicks. Also, the hot humid monsoon causes snails, crabs, frogs and insects to breed in huge numbers providing abundance of food for Openbill and others.

Snails are a particular favourites of Openbill. It cracks them open with bill, discarding the shell.

Monsoon provides safe haven for breeding, providing abundant food for raising the young. This is the main reason they come to Balurghat during summer. ..
.
#23 Oct 15th, 2011, 04:10
Join Date:
Apr 2005
Location:
Los Angeles, CA
Posts:
293
  • vir is offline
#23
Nice writeup and explanation!! Thanks RWeHavingFunYet!
#24 Oct 15th, 2011, 07:20
Join Date:
Sep 2008
Location:
4221'N, 7103'W
Posts:
2,595
  • RWeHavingFunYet is offline
#24
Quote:
Originally Posted by vir View Post Nice writeup and explanation!! Thanks RWeHavingFunYet!
v i r .. Y o u .. a r e .. w e l c o m e ! . .

Below is a photo of Openbill storks rookery in a Indian village. The villagers have earned the trust of Storks, and Openbills are confident they are safe and protected by man/ woman/ villagers. ..

P l e a s e .. c l i c k .. p h o t o .. to know where the village is: ..
. . . . . . . .
#25 Oct 15th, 2011, 11:03
Join Date:
Oct 2007
Location:
Kolkata
Posts:
2,953
  • asishdas is offline
#25
For a novice like me it is a great honor to read the very lucid and expert views from RWeHavingFunYet on the behavioral pattern of these birds. You have really made in interested in birds, RWeHavingFunYet! Thank you.
#26 Oct 15th, 2011, 11:26
Join Date:
Sep 2008
Location:
4221'N, 7103'W
Posts:
2,595
  • RWeHavingFunYet is offline
#26
Quote:
Originally Posted by asishdas View Post For a novice like me it is a great honor to read the very lucid and expert views from RWeHavingFunYet on the behavioral pattern of these birds. You have really made in interested in birds, RWeHavingFunYet! Thank you.
asishdas Ji, you can become expert in no time. Really. You are a very inquisitive person and the question you asked, made me research and find information for you. Thanks for your kind words of appreciation. I also learn in the process.

Birds are very interesting to observe. Please get together with Sumit Sen --> Kolkata birds and go birding. He is an amazing person and will teach you lot of things. ..
.
#27 Oct 23rd, 2011, 22:30
Join Date:
Oct 2011
Location:
balurghat
Posts:
22
  • namus is offline
#27
....a good news for the bird lovers and tourists.... today i had a talk with Mr. biswajit basak, the secretary of angina environmental and bird protection samity. i explained him about the requirements of home stay and cottages in angina. he told me that the NGO is going to make a watch tower, cottages with modern amenities for the tourists. he promised me that the eco friendly cottages will be ready by the next season for the tourists. so all are welcome to angina in the next season.
#28 Oct 24th, 2011, 14:55
Join Date:
Oct 2007
Location:
Kolkata
Posts:
2,953
  • asishdas is offline
#28
Great news!! Thanks for the update. Keep us posted in this thread. Looking forward to visit Anjina next season!!
#29 Nov 22nd, 2011, 22:23
Join Date:
Oct 2011
Location:
balurghat
Posts:
22
  • namus is offline
#29
today forest minister mr. hiten barman visited balurghat and our mla, mr. sankar chakraborty suggested to transform angina into a bird sanctuary. he heard everything and told that he will look into the matter with utmost seriousness.
#30 Nov 22nd, 2011, 23:21
Join Date:
Jul 2011
Location:
Kolkata
Posts:
24
  • Archintyab is offline
#30
Quote:
Originally Posted by namus View Post today forest minister mr. hiten barman visited balurghat and our mla, mr. sankar chakraborty suggested to transform angina into a bird sanctuary. he heard everything and told that he will look into the matter with utmost seriousness.
Its a very good news. Let's hope for the best.

Posting Rules

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
Forum Rules»
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.3.2
© IndiaMike.com 2018
Page Load Success