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News: First Oceanic Bird Survey in Kerala

28 September 2010 No Comment

Glad to let you all know about the Oceanic Bird Survey, first of its kind in Kerala – conducted jointly by Kerala Birder and Malabar Natural History Society. This is a great initiative for sure, a bit late but better than never. We on behalf of ‘Birds of Kerala’ appreciate the team for successfully conducting this survey. We hope more and more such expeditions will be conducted in coming months at various places. Climate and seasons plays a vital role in spotting and occurrences of certain species. A single survey wouldn’t be enough to conclude on a complete list of Pelagic species in Kerala. We hope the officials will encourage more such activities and take positive actions to preserve.

Sanwich & Lesser Crested terns - SivamDesign
Photo Credit: SivamDesign

They survey was conducted on 27th and 28th of this month. The location was at Kannur, 30kms off the shore from Azheekkal Bay. From the initial reports, the Kerala Birder & MNHS team had some fruitful time off the coast in these two days. Following species are spotted from their two days effort: Masked Booby, Arctic Skua, Flesh-footed Shearwater, Bridled Tern, Greater Crested Tern, Lesser Crested Tern, Common Tern, White-bellied Sea-Eagle and many other to confirm.
Kudos to the team: Dipu Karuthedathu, Mike Prince, Jafer Palot, Sathyan Meppayur, Vinay Das, Sreekumar H, Guruprasad Timmappur, Bimal Nath KG, Sachin Shurpali, Sandeep Das, Shashank Dalvi, Vijay Ramachandran, Ajay Shekar, VC Balakrishnan, Rajeevan PC, Jayan Thomas, Khaleel Chovva, Raju AK, KV Uthaman and Praveen J.

Pelagic Birdwatching


Oceanic or Pelagic birds are the birds of open seas. The pelagic bird watching normally conducted from a coastal watch point – mostly from a head land, where you will be able to see the birds flying at a far distance – or from seagoing vessels where chances are there to have upclose views. The chances of spotting is definitely depended on the weather and at which season. It’s harder than the usual birding trips conducted in land. You need to be an expert in spotting and in identifying a species. Suitable wind conditions and availability of food may cause spotting large flocks near to the coastal area.

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