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Keoladeo National Park becomes home to nesting painted storks


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These days, painted stork pairs are occupied in nesting at the Keoladeo National Park and Bird Sanctuary. They can predominantly be found nesting at the B and D blocks of the national park. This time, these blocks have received high amounts of water from the Govardhan drain.

Apart from this, some painted storks can also be seen making their nests in the L Block. This block too, has received sufficient water from the Chambal canal.

Several dozen trees along the main pathway are taken over by these large storks, with the nests set close by each other. In the early part of the season, they keep flying to faraway trees to strip them of their foliage and return with choice nesting material, giving excellent opportunities for photographs of these birds in flight.

Not only this, but thousands of birds from 15 different species come to the Keoladeo National Park during the monsoon season every year, in order to mate, the reason being the lakes present here. These lakes have shallow waters, which have a large number of fishes and insects, which are super foods for these birds.

Along with painted storks, one can also see thousands of birds like open bill storks, cormorants, herons, egrets, and spoon bills etc. who have started nesting at the national park.

Not only in monsoons, but Bharatpur is a birding haven for all seasons and is also renowned for its winter bird migration.

Sonakshi Datta
Sonakshi Datta
Journalist who wants to cover the truth which others look the other way from.

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