Harike
Bird Sanctuary

 
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Harike, Punjab

 


Coots and Gulls at Harke. Copyright: Sujan
Gulls and Coots

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Harike Bird Sanctuary, in Punjab is a large wetland created on the River Sutlej. This shallow water body attracts large numbers of wintering waterfowl and is home to many specialties.  Birds like the White-crowned Penduline Tit, Indian Skimmer, Yellow-eyed Pigeon, Rufous-vented Prinia and Sind Sparrow can be found here. Harike was designated as a Ramsar site in March 1990 and has been identified as one of the sites for conservation under the Indian National Wetland Programme.

Sujan Chatterjee visited Harike with Bill Harvey, Mike Prince and Bikram Grewal in mid February 2003. His images effectively capture the avian diversity and richness of Harike.

Images:


Bean Goose
The only properly documented record of this species in India


How to reach: Harike is near Amritsar (60kms) and Ludhiana (104kms). Amritsar is connected by rail, road and air. If you are coming from Ludhiana, you can travel to Moga and from there to Harike (40 kms).

Best Time: November to March

Location: 31*13'N, 75*12'E

Area : 4,100ha

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Kolkata, India

   
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