Hatchlings face threat at Ranganathittu

Hatchlings and eggs of ground-nesting birds, and many varieties of migratory/aquatic birds at Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary near Srirangapatna are facing the threat of being swept away as the swollen Cauvery has been causing flood-like situations around all the mini-islets of the popular bird sanctuary.

Though it is considered as the off-season for migratory birds, there are several hundreds of nests of River Terns, Stone Plovers, Swifts, Swallows, Red Wattled Lapwings, and other birds along the Cauvery and around the islets, officials said.

According to the officers, there are a good number of nests of Black Ibis, White Ibis, Painted Storks, and Spoon Billed Pelicans on the branches that are very close to the water. If the water level rises, they would also be washed away. Nevertheless, the elderly birds would shift to safer places/branches once the level precariously increases in the river, a senior officer said.

Meanwhile, boating has been temporarily suspended at the bird sanctuary.

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