Much to the delight of bird-watchers in the city, this year, after a long gap, migratory birds have been spotted at Hussainsagar lake. The bird-watchers, environmentalists, and pollution control board feel that pollutants have been flushed out of the lake during the last monsoon making the waters cleaner, which led to the birds returning to the lake after a very long time.
The monsoon might have wreaked havoc in the city, but the quality of Hussainsagar lake has surely increased and this has been confirmed by the Pollution Control Board after checking various parameters. Bird-watchers maintain that birds go to places where there is food in abundance and shallow water levels. There was a time when migratory birds flocked to various lakes in and around Hyderabad such as Hussainsagar lake, Himayatsagar, Osmansagar, Fox Lake, and Ameenpur lake. The bird-watchers had a good time during winters watching and recording the activities of birds. But this was in the decades preceding 2000.
According to a report titled Mid-winter waterbird census in Andhra Pradesh between years 1987 and 1996, Hussainsagar was home to 30 species of waterbirds, of which some were resident and others arrived in thousands during winters. Right now, one can rarely find about three species, say bird-watchers. What is commonly seen are coots, spot-billed ducks, and sometimes egrets. This year, one could spot shovelers and garganey, but in small flocks.
Winter is the time when birds come in hoards to the state. About 50 species of birds migrate from chilling weather in the northern hemisphere to south India. Though the city has around 185 lakes, birds had skipped the lakes in the city for freshwater lakes around the city like Himayatsagar, Osmansagar, Ameenpur lake, and Fox lake.
The bird-watchers say that the government must preserve the eco-system in the lake so that the birds would return next winter.
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