Kendrapara, Aug 24 : The Bhitarkanika National Park authority on Friday postponed the monsoon bird census drive, scheduled to be held from today till August 30 next.
ACF –cum-the in charge of Kanika forest Range Subrat Kumar Patra said the census was postponed for a fortnight as less number of birds thronged Matha-adia and Bagagahan and the nesting process of the birds are yet to be started.
Mr Patra said a meeting the date for census would be decided at a meeting scheduled to be held on Saturday next. As monsoon plays truant along with deficient rainfall in the coastal Kendrapara district, the residential birds have thronged Bhitarkanika National park’s Matha-adia less in number this time than the last year this time.
The residential birds earlier thronged Matha-adia during the onset of monsoon, but later when monsoon played truant they skipped Matha-adia to Bagagahan and when the rain started they once again returned to Matha-adia.
Meanwhile, open bill stork has started nesting process whereas other residential birds are yet to start their nests. 11 types of residential birds like open bill stork, Little cormorant, Intermediate Egret, Large Egret, Little Egret, Purple Heron, Grey Heron, Night Heron, Darter, White Ibis and Cattle Egret, informed Patra, visit the park at the onset of monsoon.(UNI)