Over 40 species of birds at Fort lakeBelgaum is known to the world for its pleasant weather and greenery everywhere and anyone visiting the place falls in love with the city in no time,
Many would be shocked to know that about 40 species of birds can be sighted throughout the year at the Belgaum Fort Lake (Kote Kere or Killa Talav). These winged beauties not only visit the lake but also have made it their home for nesting.
Veeranna Madiwalar, an avid birds photographer who casually visited the lake was astonished to see the number of birds at the lake at the first instance. He happened to see a new bird which he was not aware of and in the search of the same he found that this lake is a nesting ground for many species of birds which is a very good sign for nature & bird lovers.
The lake which is maintained by Darshan Udyog is doing its bit to get in more birds. They also have some domestic ducks which are fed by Bharma Shinde. He deliberately started feeding other birds too which in one way was the beginning of the whole story.
Many birds thronged the man made island in the middle of the lake and Azrekar of Darshan Udyog said that the island has been kept away from general public as the birds have their own space in there and that it is cleaned a few times a year by them. We are also happy that this has developed as a habitat for the birds.
Indian Spot Billed Duck, Pond Heron, Little Egret, White Throated King Fisher, Red Wattled Lapwing, Black Winged Stilt, Grey Heron, Eagle’s, Bulbuls, Wagtails and many other species were sighted at the lake. By giving them this much needed space, the birds are feeling safe and are nesting on this island at the lake. We hope more such lakes and island are developed.
All Photos: Veeranna Madiwalar