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| Last Updated:: 06/01/2020

Fingerlings released in Vedanthangal, Karikili for a rich diet for breeding birds

 

 

 

 

 

To help the birds that have flocked to Vedanthangal and Karikili, wildlife managers are releasing fingerlings (fingersize fish) into the lakes so that breeding mothers don’t have to fly far in search of food. A senior wildlife official told TOI that the first batch of tilapia and carp fingerlings was released in the water bodies on Saturday.

 

 

 

 

Range officer G Subbiah said the fingerlings were bought from the fisheries department, private hatcheries and from other sources. They are transported in oxygenated bags to the bird sanctuaries and then released in the lakes. This is as part of diet enrichment for breeding birds. When mother birds are hatching their eggs, they prefer to feed on fish and insects found in nearby water bodies and farm lands. The natural stocks of prey species gets depleted in breeding season when thousands of birds inhabit a small area.

 

 

 

 

At present Vedanthangal sanctuary has nearly 9,000 birds, of which about 2,000 are chicks. The mother birds feed on the fish and regurgitate what they eat in pulp form to feed the young ones. It will be a couple more months before the young ones will be ready to fly off to their summer homes. Vedanthangal’s latest visitors are the painted storks, Subbiah said. These colourful birds are mating now and within the next 10 days, the females will build nests to lay eggs. These birds will stay in the sanctuary at least till April. This again depends on water availability. If the water levels are good and feed is available in plenty, the birds extend their stay in the sanctuary, Subbiah added.

 

 

 

 

The 74-acre Vedanthangal sanctuary plays host to thousands of birds that migrate from Europe to escape the winter cold. The nearby Karikili sanctuary is spread over more than 150 acres. 

 

 

 

 

Rich source: Visiting birds extend their stay in the sanctuary depending on feed availability.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Times of India, 06 January 2020, Chennai.