Hadoti-Now a paradise for migratory birds

Kota (Rajasthan): Migratory birds from neighbouring China as well as Europe have begun flocking to ecologically rich districts in Rajasthan this year, although a little later than usual.
 
With their wetlands, thick forests and water bodies, the four districts of Hadoti – Kota, Bundi, Baran and Jhalawar have now come to be recognized as a paradise for migratory birds among foreign as well as domestic tourists.
 
"Hadoutti is the second home for the migratory birds from China, Ladakh and other European countries. The arrival of these birds is a bit late this year, but now with the dip in temperatures, the number of arriving birds is increasing," says District Forest Officer, Bundi, Rajendra Singh Nathawat.
 
Every winter, hundreds of migratory birds from various species throng to the spontaneous water bodies of Hadoti region and stay here from October to late March. It is also the season for tourist industry in the region where thousands of foreign and domestic tourists rush during winter.
 
According to the bird watching experts there are mainly two seasons for the activities of migratory birds in the region – the monsoon season and the winter season from October to March end when they return to their native destinations.
 
Prominent wildlife activist and birdwatcher from Kota R S Tomer ponts out that bird spieces like the Bar Headed Goose, and the Ruddy Shelduck Gray Lag Goose have arrived here from Europe and Central Asia.
 
"I have myself recently seen colonies of these migratory birds at Udaipuriya and Ummedgang water bodies of Kota district," he says. The state government has sanctioned about Rs 7 lakhs for maintenance and safety of these two places, adds Tomer.