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.

Friday 29 June 2018

Fish farm nets kill purple heron at Basai wetland

Shilpy Arora| TNN | Updated: Jun 23, 2018, 02:12 IST
GURUGRAM: A purple heron, a wading bird that nests around wetlands, died in the Basai marshes earlier this week allegedly after getting entangled in nets put up by illegal fish farming units — the incident coming to light about two weeks after a black-necked stork was spotted with its beak stuck in a plastic ring in the area.

The bird, reportedly an adult one with a height of five feet, was found dead on Monday morning, a couple of days after some senior forest officials visited the spot (last Friday) and promised steps to protect the wetland that is home to numerous species of indigenous birds.

Dr. Indranil Halder, a birder from Noida, who had first spotted the bird, said, “It was so shocking to see such a big, magnificent bird entangled in fishers’ nets. Illegal fishing has become a major threat to birds in Basai. Though I spotted only one bird, I am sure many birds fall prey to these nets but they are removed immediately to hush up the incidents.”

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