Flamingo festival at Sullurpeta, Nellore attracted huge crowds this year. The festival is held every year when the migratory birds arrive at their winter destination here, from all around the country and also from places as far as Siberia.
Nellore district forest officials have been taking census of the migratory birds at both the locations on a daily basis. As of now, there are more than 58,000 migratory birds in Pulicat lake area and 8000 in Nelapattu bird sanctuary.
Nelapattu bird sanctuary is buzzing with with the birds especially the Grey Pelicans, Open billed Storks, Little Cormorants and Oriental White Ibis. Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary has about 13000 Grey Pelicans and 2000 each of Open Billed Stork, Little Cormorant and Oriental White Ibis.
However, the migratory bird population at Pulicat Lake seems to have gone down this year due to shortage of water in the Lake. Pulicat lake is home to the famous Greater Flamingoes apart from 35 other varieties of birds. There are 17,000 Flamingoes, 1150 Pond Herons, 2700 Painted Storks, 3600 Little Egrets, 3700 Cattle Egrets, 4000 Little Stints, 1000 River Terns, 1500 Common Coots, 3500 Northern Shovelers, 2000 Spot Bills and 3000 Pin Tailed Snipe apart from different local varieties in Pulicat lake area.
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The three-day bird festival of Sullurupet in Nellore district, the Flamingo Festival is scheduled to begin on January 8th 2014. The district administration has been organising the festival every year to mark the arrival of thousands of migratory birds, especially flamingos, to Nelapattu Birds sanctuary and Pulicat lake, their winter home.
The festival was planned about a decade ago to attract tourists to the sanctuary from the state and neighbouring states. Stalls of various government departments and cultural prorgammes would be arranged at the junior college ground at Sullurpeta during the festival. Seminars on bio-diversity, birds and protection of Pulicat lake would also be conducted. Boat rides will be arranged for the visitors at Bheemulavaripalem in Tada mandal.
Wildlife officials of Sullurpeta division spotted a rare insectivorous plant, Drosera Burmanni, on the tank bed of the famous Nelapattu bird sanctuary in SPSR Nellore district. The plant which is also called a carnivorous plant can catch and digest live prey (normally insects) to obtain nitrogen compounds that are lacking in its usual marshy habitat.
The plant is one of the fastest trapping sundews and its leaves can curl around an insect in a few seconds. Drocera Burmanni is considered a powerful rubefacient (reddening the skin) in Hindu medicine and used for producing some Ayurveda and Homeo medicines.
Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary is one of the best breeding grounds for Spot-billed Pelican in the country. Covering an area of 4.5 square kilometres, this lake serves as a nesting colony for thousands of migratory birds in winter. These birds build their nests on the Barringtonia sp. trees surrounding the lake.
The bird species that nest here include Painted Stork, Grey Heron, Eurasian Spoonbill, Darter, Little Cormorant, Indian Shag, Spot-billed Pelican, Black-headed Ibis, Glossy Ibis, Little Egret, Intermediate Egret, Great Egret, Black-crowned Night Heron, Pond Heron and Asian Openbill Stork. Hundreds of Garganey Teal, Northern Pintail, Gadwall and Northern Shoveler can also be seen on the lake. The best time to visit this place is from November to March.
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Nellore district administration is making arrangements to host the annual birds festival also known as Flamingo Festival on January 7th and 8th 2012. The festival will be held in the boys high school ground in Sullurupet town. Rural sports and boating competitions are going to be the main attractions during the festival. The administration is planning to make necessary arrangements for watching the birds in Nelapattu sanctuary and Pulicot Lake apart from boat rides in BV Palem.
Flamingo Festival is being held since 2001 with the twin objectives of promoting awareness among local populace to protect the migratory birds and also to promote tourism.
Flamingo festival offers an opportunity for ornithologists, environmentalists, bird watchers, forest and tourism officials to study the bio-diversity of Pulicat and Nellapattu Bird Sanctuaries and to initiate measures to conserve the bio-zones for future generations. Pulicat lake is spread over an area of 460 sq km surrounded by Sulurpet, Dorvari Satram, Vakadu and Kota mandals of Nellore district.
Thousands of birds of nearly 240 species visit the lake during winter. Various species of migratory birds including some rare and endangered species from different parts of the world visit the Nelapattu habitat from October to March every year. The birds prepare their nests, brood the eggs and return to their native places along with their young ones by April.
Flamingos, Pelicans, Siberian Storks, Open Billed Storks, Night Herons, Egrets, Little Cormorant, Golden Backed Wood Pecker, Spotted and Ring Doves, King Fishers, Painted Storks, White Necked Storks, Spoon Bills and other species of birds will present a colourful gala for tourists at the sanctuary. The villagers treat the migratory birds with affection and provide protection to them.