Birds and birds

Chilika Lake – on the east coast of India – is the second-largest coastal lagoon in the world. It’s a large wintering ground for migratory birds.

Poles extending from a lake, and on each pole there sits a bird.

Photo by Swami Krishnananda.

Our friend Swami Krishnananda in India wrote in early January 2019 of his visit to the beautiful Chilika Lake, not far from Puri. He wrote:

It is a very large lake hosting large species of birds, many of which are migratory. This was the season for the migratory birds to come to India from far off countries.

We first went to a village called Mangalajodi, which is near a town called Tangi. We stayed at Tangi and next morning before sunrise set out to watch the birds and photograph them as they get up and become active. We took a row boat and set out on the lake in a way which would not disturb the birds. The sun came up and we spent over two hours going around the lake …

Here are just a few of the photos he shared with us. Thank you, Swami Krishnananda!

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A bird perched on the bow of a boat

Photo by Swami Krishnananda.

Two black-and-white birds entering the water.

Photo by Swami Krishnananda.

Two white birds with green heads

Photo by Swami Krishnananda.

White birds with black wings standing in shallow water

Photo by Swami Krishnananda.

White flamingos with long curved necks, in shallow water

Photo by Swami Krishnananda.

A close-up of a white flamingo

Photo by Swami Krishnananda.

Another long-legged, long-beaked bird, with shorter plumage

Photo by Swami Krishnananda.

Birds perched on lillypads

Photo by Swami Krishnananda.

A little brown bird with a long, sharp beak

Photo by Swami Krishnananda.

Green bird with a red head

Photo by Swami Krishnananda.

Short brown bird with long beak

Photo by Swami Krishnananda.

A long-beaked bird with long legs and long plumage.

Photo by Swami Krishnananda.

Two fat orange birds standing in shallow water

Photo by Swami Krishnananda.

Black ducks on the ground, with wings spread.

Photo by Swami Krishnananda.

Many swimming ducks

Photo by Swami Krishnananda.

A duck flying over several black birds settled on the march.

Photo by Swami Krishnananda.

A flock of birds flying above a marshland.

Photo by Swami Krishnananda.

Two flying ducks

Photo by Swami Krishnananda.

Birds flying over a marshland

Photo by Swami Krishnananda.

A heron in flight

Photo by Swami Krishnananda.

A duck, with wings spread for take off

Photo by Swami Krishnananda.

A duck in flight

Photo by Swami Krishnananda.

Botton line: A selection of photos of birds, from a visit to Chilika Lake in India.

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