CHENNAI: Forest officers arrested two poachers at Siruthavur lake on Sunday on charges of poaching migratory water birds. However, by the time the foresters stopped them, the poachers had killed eight birds.
A forest officer said the poachers, two unemployed men, were handed over to the Guindy forest range officer.
"They said they get 20-30 per bird. Local residents and some eateries bought them for meat," the officer said. Two photographers of the Madras Naturalist Society (MNS), who are regular visitors to the lake, saw the poachers in action and called the forest department.
Siruthavur lake, a paradise for birdwatchers, is situated 20km away from the city, near Kovalam.
Samyak Kaninde, a freelance wildlife photographer who informed the forest officials about the poaching said poachers are arrested only when nature lovers report such cases. "The birds were being trapped in a net when they flew low and skimmed the water for fish. They had caught about 80 birds before the forest officials came following our call," he said.
As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.