After the year-long efforts at rejuvenation by the officials, the Otteri Lake in Tamil Nadu has become a haven for migratory birds.
About the Lake
The Otteri Lake is a freshwater body located in the Arignar Anna Zoological Park in Tamil Nadu. It is located on the north-western part of the park. It was badly damaged by the Cyclone Vardah and later dried up due to monsoon failure. It was recently opened 3 months ago after a year-long rejuvenation efforts by the park authorities.
Arignar Anna Zoological Park
The Arignar Anna Zoological Park or the Vandalur Zoo is located in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. It was established in 1855 as the first-ever public zoo in India. It is located within the Vandalur Reserve Forest area. It has over 170 species of birds, mammals and reptiles.
Migratory Birds in the Lake
The Otteri Lake now houses around 21 species of birds. A recent bird survey conducted in March recorded the sighting of over 3,000 birds. Apart from the usual egrets, cormorants, herons, open billed storks, darters and cranes, new species like the grey pelican and the whistling teal were also recorded.