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Vedanthangal – Centuries old bird sanctuary helps fertilize crops

Submitted by on December 25, 2012 – 10:06 pmNo Comment

Vedanthangal birds sanctuary is unlike any other sanctuaries I have seen. it is one of the smallest and I believe the oldest in the country.

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It is very unique for a couple of reasons;

– Its on a low waterbed, with trees popping out, so the view is pretty spectacular. You can see eye level view of the birds or even at places top down.

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– due to the top down views, you have a pretty good view of birds nesting. In fact I saw some really cute babies being fed by its mother.

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– you can view little black Cormorants diving in to pick fish

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– another uniqueness of this place is that this sanctuary is very much protected by the villagers. These local people have been protecting the sanctuary for centuries ( since 1798) because they have realized that the bird droppings falling into the tank increases nitrogen content of the water and when used to irrigate crop increases the yield greatly and saves the cost of fertilizers.

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– Another reason why I found this place very interesting is that being very small in size (about 30 hectares) you have a large concentration of birds and so you can if interested view a lot of their habits in pretty close ranges.

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Birds like Egrets, Spot billed pelican, Painted stork, Indian Cormorant, Snake bird, Darter, Black-headed Ibis, Grey Heron can be seen in large numbers.

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Unfortunately I had not taken my binoculars and recording equipment, but plan to visit again the next time I visit Chennai, India.

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