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BIRDS' ISLAND inside the Chilka lake-
It is situated in the southern sector of Chilika lake. This is a hillock with huge exposed hanging rocks. The Local people called as â€œChadhei Haga Pahad â€œ ( Bird spitting mountain). It is 4 Kms away from Rambha Tourist Bungalow, and 1 Km away on the Eastern side of the Ghantasila hill. The granite rocks are the remnants of Eastern Ghats. Some of the huge rocks are painted white because of the folic acid from the droppings of the Birds. Some residential birds use the island as perching ground. During winter season, the migratory birds are sighted here. It is known for its rich algal communities and few mangrove species.
The best time to visit Chilika is during winter when it becomes a temporary refuge for the Siberian crane. All year round, it is the natural habitat of birds such as cranes, golden plovers, sandpipers, ospreys, flamingos, gull, hawks, the white, bald sea eagle, grey geese, purple moorhen, jacana and heron. A boat-ride down the water can provide a wonderful sight of the birds. Schools of cavorting dolphins can be sighted near the mouth of the lake where it meets the sea.
It is interesting to see the lake's colour changing according to the passing clouds and the shifting sun. The lake surface is dotted with many islands such as the Honeymoon island, Breakfast island and so on.
In the Chilka lake photo essay.
Also by Saroj Swain
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