The fear of avian influenza or bird flu in Jammu and Kashmir is slowly fading as hundreds of thousands of migratory birds start to leave for their summer// homes in Russian Siberia, China and Western Europe.
The Saltbush Migratory Bird Reserve is located 28 km north of summer capital Srinagar and there are around 50,000 migratory birds there these days waiting for the final flight to their summer homes.
The species in Shalabugh reserve include the greylag geese, mallards, teals, pochards, coots, gadwalls, pintails and shovellers.
The species of birds inside the reserve are completely healthy, showing normal behavior. Their flight patterns, feeding and mating indicators are normal, says Master Habibullah, 65, who lives in Chanduna village close to the reserve.
He has been a keen bird watcher since childhood. The good news is that Habibullah has been studying the behavior of the birds in the reserve and his observation is that the birds are in the pink of health.
I have found no unusual deaths among the bird flocks in the reserve. The birds have gained good fat content to sustain the long journeys they are about to undertake to far off lands, Master Habibullah said.
The migratory birds come to India each autumn to escape the bitter cold in places like Russian Siberia in that season.
Given the sheer numbers of birds that come here from various destinations to ward off the extreme colds, Kashmir remains an area of potential concern so far as the avian flu is concerned, said Muhammad Shafi Bacha, the Kashmir wildlife warden whose department maintains dozens of migratory bird reserves in the valley.
More and more migratory birds arrive here in the spring months from the Indian plains en route to their summer homes and therefore this period is important so far as behavioral monitoring of these birds is concerned.
But thank god, we have had no reports of any alarming mortalitPage: 1 2 Related medicine news :1
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