Sunday, August 9, 2009
Canal - Western Yamuna Canal - its branches
Foot path/cart track along the canal in Sonepat, 9 August 2009.
These parths and nearby vegetation and seepage marsh provide nesting, roosting and feeding habitats to various birds.. But these fragmented but important bird habtiats are burnt during summer after the wheat harvest by the farmers/cattle grazers, resulting in total destructions of nests, nestlings, fledglings, chicks and other animal life.
Seepage Marsh along the Munak-Delhi Water Supply Channel, Sonepat, 9 August 2009. This kind of habitat is created by the seepage water of the canals and other irrigation channels. This provides suitable habitat to many species of birds. Prinias, Cisticolas, White-breasted Waterhens, Streaked and Black-breasted Weaver, Yellow-eyed Babblers nest there.
Bridge over the Munak-Delhi Water Supply Channel, Sonepat, 9 August 09. These bridges/culverts are used by Streak-throated Swallows in large number for building their nesting colonies. Sometimes, these are also used by White-browed Wagtails and Wire-tailed Swallows for nesting.
A recently constructed canal 'Munak-Delhi Water Supply Channel'
Sonepat, 9 August 2009. If suitable native species of trees and shrubs are planted along both sides of this channel, this can result in providing suitable habitats to many species of birds.
Delhi Branch of Western Yamuna Canal, Sonepat, 9 August 2009. Tall grasses and trees on the banks are bird-friendly.
Delhi Branch of Western Yamuna Canal, Sonepat, 9 August 2009. Indian Spotted Eagles, Red-necked Falcons, cormorants, mynas, babblers, crows have started nesting on eucalyptus growing along the canals.