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World Migratory Bird Day 2018

Out of the 10,000 bird species that inhabit this world, around 2000 of them are migratory. The Indian subcontinent plays host to a number of migratory birds in summers as well as winters. It is estimated that over a hundred species of migratory birds fly to India, either in search of feeding grounds or to escape the severe winter of their native habitat.

Today World Migratory Bird Day aims to reach out to a broader audience and amplify the message for bird conservation. The theme this year is unifying Earth’s major migratory bird corridors: the African-Eurasian corridor; the East Asian-Australasian and the Americas corridor.

Migratory birds are vulnerable. After very long journeys they face countless dangers. These may include the destruction and degradation of the natural habitats they are travelling to, the loss of critical stopover sites such as coastal wetlands. Illegal killing, poisoning, pollution, and collisions with badly-sited infrastructure such as power lines are also problems. Australasian and the Americas corridor.

“Migratory birds connect people, ecosystems and nations. They are symbols of peace and of an interconnected planet. Their epic journeys inspire people of all ages, across the globe. World Migratory Bird Day is an opportunity to celebrate the great natural wonder of bird migration – but also a reminder that those patterns, and ecosystems worldwide, are threatened by climate change,” said United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres.

Bird lovers from all over the world are able to visit us at our SUJÁN wilderness camps to get a glimpse of some of these rare migratory species of bird. The beauty of the birds, combined with the splendor of the natural environment provides the perfect setting for a nature lover.

A couple of Ruddy Shellducks shoot across the road. Photograph from the SUJÁN Archives

Three Bar-headed Geese sit on the banks on Jawai Bandh in the evening light. Photograph by Jaisal Singh

A flock of painted storks on the banks of Rajbagh Lake in Ranthambhore. Photograph by Jaisal Singh

Little Ringed Plovers at JAWAI. Photograph: Vedant Thite

Great Thick-Knee or Great Stone Curlew having arrived at Ranthambhore. Photograph from the SUJÁN Archives

Indian Silverbills perched on the head of a Pampas Grass at SUJÁN JAWAI. Photograph: Vedant Thite

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