130 Thousand Migratory Birds Crowd Up Pong Dam Wetlands

Towering Dhauladhar over Pong Dam Lake – Pic by Sanjeeva Pandey

Pong Dam – Kangra: Winter migratory bird habitat, Pong Dam Wetland has been host to about 1.30 lakh birds belonging to 90 species this winter, some of which have flown down from Siberia and Central Asia.

Monitoring the flocks, birdwatchers with the wild life department say the number of migratory birds could cross the 1.5 lakh number for the current season.

A mighty flock of bar headed geese

Birds that have been spotted in the lake include flamingos, grey and purple herons, egrets, spoonbills and storks.

Waterfowl species that have been spotted include bar-headed geese, pintails, common pochards, coots, grebes, cormorants, , ruddy shell duck, common teal, shovellers, moorhen, stints, lapwing, plovers, shank, snipe, gull, terns, kingfishers, kites, mallards, gadwall, egrets and marsh harriers, said a wild life warden.

More than 230 species of birds belonging to 54 bird families have been recorded at Pong wetland, which include resident birds of jungle fowls, peafowl, grey partridges and black partridges.

Bar headed geese at Pong

The site which has been declared a protected international Ramsar Site has already had about 15,000 tourists visiting the man made wetland and another 25,000 are expected to visit the site during the season, said Arun Sharma, director tourism.

He said Rs 10.39 crore from a Asian Development Bank funded project would be spent to create tourism related infrastructure at the Pong, which would include bird watching towers, a tourist information center, jetty development and development of Ranser and Karu islands.

Ransar Island

Meanwhile wild life wardens have stepped up vigil to check poaching. A special Van Thana at Nagrota Suriyan has been set up to exclusively deal with poaching cases in the lake, said a wild life officer.

Click for Photo Gallery of Pong Dam Wetland

Photo Credits: Sanjeeva Pandey

As Editor, Ravinder Makhaik leads a team of media professionals at Hill Post. Spanning a career of over two decades in mass communication, as a Documentary Filmmaker, TV journalist, Print Media journalist and with Online & Social Media, he brings with him a vast experience. He lives in Shimla.

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3 Comments

  1. says: lkkapoor

    Birds r also a part of our ecology n b in himachal r lucky 2 hab them among us.what needs is preservation. My request 2 govt is 2 look this n encourage tourism on this side with more facility n advertisement.

  2. says: Aman

    Dis beautiful place should not b disturbed,it should b preserved,n building tourist infrastructure would lead to more human intervention which may deprive these guests of their home

  3. says: Kallie Hassian

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