Stuff I Do

Experiences and Encounters in Pune

Wonderful Wetlands

Posted by Sanskriti on February 20, 2010

2 Feb is World Wetlands Day. The theme for 2010 is ‘‘Caring for Wetlands, an answer to climate change’. More at http://tinyurl.com/wwd2010

It was 9 am when the three of us embarked upon a boat ride on the Thane creek. The boat reached the mud flats in the mouth of the creek and the sight of thousands of birds on the banks greeted us. There were wading birds like Redshanks, Greenshanks, Stints, Godwits, Plovers, Flamingos, Herons and Egrets. Hovering over the water in search of prey were Terns, Gulls, Marsh Harriers and Kites. As volunteers for the ‘Asian Waterfowl Count’ or AWC, our job was to count the water birds at the creek in the stretch we had selected.

Read the full article by Laxmikant Deshpande (click on ‘Archive’ if reading after Feb 2010).

Try the Wetland Quiz

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