Saturday, May 31, 2014

New Sea Mouth, Chilka Lake

The Chilka Lake is the biggest lagoon on India's eastern coast. It is well known wintering site for migratory birds and nearly half of the over 210 species recorded here are the intercontinental migrants from far parts of Asia.



Dredging of the lead channel, and opening the new mouth in September 2000, have significantly changed the lagoon's hydrology, returning it to a more natural state than existed before excessive silttation affected the tidal flows in and out of the lagoon.  



Because of third peripheral and island villagers were not affected by floods and water-logged land after 2001. Opening of new mouth had dramatically positive effect of fish catchers.



The lagoon is home for wide variety of plants in the aquatic and terrestrial islands of known medicinal properties. These plant resources provide a vital base for the local community, as well as for birds and fishes.


26 comments:

Margaret Adamson said...

Lovely scenes and good to see the terns. Let me know if you crossed the bridge today with me!. Have a wonderful weekend.

Jeevan said...

Wonderful series on Chilka! Glad it restored its natural state

TexWisGirl said...

i'm glad they've restored it to a more natural area for all!

Adam Jones said...

A very interesting post, and super looking Terns.

Phil Slade said...

That's some size of lake and good to know it's valued by the local people.

Anni said...

Excellent info and wonderful photo shares Rajesh.

Christian Weiß said...

Great place.

Rambling Woods said...

I am glad that the situation was made better and not worse as man often does to nature

Frank said...

It's good to hear that the improvements have benefited both the ecology and local inhabitants.

Gunilla Bäck said...

A birder's paradise with so many different species.

Lowell said...

It's beautiful and I'm pleased to learn of all the good things that have been done to make it more natural and more beneficial to the people!

Karen said...

Lovely scenery. Did you go for a ride on that boat?

Carole M. said...

a long way from home so very interesting to see..

ladyfi said...

Lovely shots. And so nice to hear of the positive effects for nature as well as the community.

Gary Phillips said...

Great sequence!! Boom, Bobbi and Gary.

EG CameraGirl said...

Wonderful photos of the lake!

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

It is encouraging to see that resources were expended to improve the habitat. Looks like a marvelous place.

Tea norman said...

It looks like a sunny day on the water, very pretty.

Alexa T said...

So interesting post about the stupa (not sure if I understood, but it looks like a religious place) and such beautiful views at the Chilka LAke and the lagoon with all the details!!
Lovely places as always shown on your blog!!

Irene said...

Lovely scenes and a great series of shots!

bailey-road.com said...

A lovely area.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

A good thing to restore nature! And great to see all the terns and other birds returning, not to mention the fish.

Cosette Paneque said...

Nice pics. I especially love the second photo with the man on the boat.

R Niranjan Das said...

Nice shots!

Ileana said...

Great views! Have a nice weekend!

AmitAag said...

wow!