Bird watch­ers in Dom­bivli spot 150 species

SUN­DAY EVENT Ram­pant con­struc­tions have shooed away sev­eral mi­gra­tory birds which used to flock to the place, say ex­perts and res­i­dents

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DOM­BIVLI: Of the 170 par­tic­i­pants of the bird- watch­ing com­pe­ti­tion on Sun­day, 20 were stu­dents who were pas­sion­ate about the feath­ered species, al­though the event was new to many.

A to­tal of 150 species of birds were spot­ted at the event.

“I have been bird- watch­ing for the past two years and I must say Dom­bivli is one of the best places for it,” said Shruti Hegde, 22, a zo­ol­ogy stu­dent whose team won the first prize in the bird race.

“We were a t eam of f ive and were very en­thu­si­as­tic about the com­pe­ti­tion and had al­ready vis­ited some of the places in Dom­bivli ear­lier as a prac­tice,” said Hedge.

Or­gan­ised by Birds of Thane and Raigad District ( BOTRD), the event com­prised 45 teams, who recorded the species seen with help from ex­perts.

“Many res­i­dents in Dom­bivli don’t know about the wide range of birds com­ing to the city. How­ever, the feath­ered vis­i­tors are van­ish­ing due to sev­eral con­struc­tions com­ing up in the city. A place like Bhopar vil­lage in Dom­bivli (East) used to have many species of birds. But, due to ram­pant con­struc­tions in the area, the birds have stopped com­ing,” said Hedge.

As per BOTRD, Dom­bilvi is blessed with a good avian bio- di­ver­sity.

A to­tal of 250 species of bird mostly mi­gra­tory and few res­i­den­tial can be sighted in an around this city. “A rich bio­di­ver­sity has been cre­ated in Dom­bivli by tidal creeks, small lakes, hills and moun­tains, small forests patches and dry grass­lands,” said Prathamesh De­sai, a mem­ber of BOTRD.

As the teams trudged and ex­plored bird­ing hot­pots of Dom­bivli, they came across a trea­sure of the beau­ti­ful nat­u­ral sur­round­ings which the city has been en­dowed with.

The t eams spot­ted more than 150 birds species which were recorded. Some of the birds spot­ted by the teams were Baillon’s Crake, Greater Spot­ted Ea­gle, Steppe Ea­gle, Jun­gle Bush Quail, Painted Stork, Asian Par­adise Fly­catcher and Gad­wall.

OR­GAN­ISED BY BIRDS OF THANE AND RAIGAD DISTRICT, THE EVENT COM­PRISED 45 TEAMS

The Jun­gle Myna, Slaty Breasted Rail and In­dian Spot­ted Ea­gle were some of the sight­ings.

RISHIKESH CHAUD­HARY

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