Bird Day draws more outsider than localities2 min read
Manipal: On February 1st, the fifth edition of the annual Manipal Bird day took place covering several different locations. Birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts in and around the city participated to celebrate and recognize the immensely diverse avifauna that thrives in Manipal.
Around 80 people participated in the event including professors and faculty members from the Manipal University. A group of 14 teams covered 17 specific locations simultaneously so as to observe the number of species of birds that could be spotted at the same time in different locations. A total of 151 species were seen over the day and the event covered double the number of locations than previous bird-watching days.
“It was my first time [participating in this event] and I found it interesting. The whole event was organized well and it was nice meeting and spending time with like-minded people’ said Shreya A.B , a student from MCOPS .
Ramit Singal, the organizer of the event and author of the book ‘A Birder’s Handbook to Manipal’ said, “When we started ‘The Manipal Bird Day’ we had only three people and now more than 60 people show up for this event every year, which indeed is a great success.”
Few rare and uncommon species like Blue-eared Kingfisher, Slaty-breasted Rail, Malabar Pied Hornbills, Sri Lanka Frogmouth and Orange-breasted Green Pigeons were also spotted during the event by some teams this year.
“Each bird can be identified distinctly from their color, flying pattern and even with their call and it is quite interesting to see varying kind s of birds that are habituated to different terrains like paddy fields and forests in the same place,” said Shanmukha Raja, a keen birder who participated in the event.
“People from every field come for this event and I came all the way from Bangalore expecting a unique experience and I wasn’t disappointed,” said Sreekanth Nair another avid bird-watcher.