Its time to spend time and enjoy with family @ vedanthangal sanctuary..Vedanthangal and Karikili bird sanctuaries, around 82 km southwest of Chennai, will be opened to public on Friday.
All waterbodies near the bird sanctuary, including the ones at Madurantagam, Vellaputhur and Vallaiyaputhur, are filling up fast due to rains over the past couple of days.
Currently, water overflow from these lakes has reached the two major channels that fill the Vedanthangal lake.
The channels were built by the public works department (PWD) a few decades ago to ensure water supply to the sanctuary from adjoining lakes during migratory season between October and March every year.
Open-bill storks, night herons, pelicans, little cormorants and white ibises have arrived and begun nesting.
Officials of the State forest department have laid a concrete pathway running to a length of 1.4 km in the sanctuary to enable bird-watchers to take a closer look at the birds. Besides, visitors can also avail of the free binoculars on offer.
Forest officials have also held talks with village heads in neighbouring regions to ensure adequate water in the sanctuary throughout the season. Spread over 73 acres of land off Grand Southern Trunk (GST) Road, the sanctuary is the oldest water bird sanctuary in the country.
Over 40,000 birds, including 26 rare species, from various parts of the world visit the sanctuary during the migratory season annually.
Some of the commonly-seen migratory birds are little cormorant, night heron, grey heron, spoonbill, little egret, large egret, white ibis, cattle egret, pintail, common teal, pond heron or paddy bird, shoveller duck, dab chick, Indian moorhen, darters or snake bird, grey pelican and open-bill stork.