The birds nest on the tamarind trees and the locals treat them like the daughters of the village. The tree is left undisturbed and the owner of the tree even foregoes the harvest of the tree in which the birds have built their nests.
Each tree had around 20 to 30 nests all closely spaced. Click and enlarge, you can see the chicks, white fluffy ones.
Six weeks ago when we visited there were tiny chicks of the Painted storks. The mother birds were looking at us suspiciously.
Last week we were amazed to see all of them grown up. But they looked ugly; they are yet to get the colored feathers for which they are called as Painted Storks.
The village is a favorite haunt of other birds like Herons, Ibis, Munias, Bush chats and more. This tree was dotted with Black Ibis birds.
The Spot Billed pelicans are one of the globally endangered species of bird. Kokkare Bellur was earlier known for these spot billed Pelicans. About a decade back, they used to arrive in thousands in the months of November and December. Unfortunately now the numbers have dwindled to just around 100. I could get just one good shot.
Mysore Amateur Naturalists (MAN) an environmental group, based at Kaokkare Bellur is working hard to revive the Pelican population. While we were there we met Mr. Linge Gowda, the President of Hejjarle Balaga, who explained to us the various activities they are doing to protect these species.
They have made a special enclosure to protect the chicks that fall down from the nests from dogs and crows.
… after six weeks… the chicks have grown, we saw them flying short distances. Soon they will join their parents in their flight to new grounds.
How to get there: Kokkare Bellur is 80 kilometers southwest of Bangalore on the Bangalore- Mysore road.
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