Hydrology

Wetlands in peril

Print edition : January 08, 2016

Waders in the mist, at the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary in Rajasthan. It is a man-made wetland that is now a Unesco World Heritage Site and home to a breathtaking avifaunal diversity. Photo: K. Jayaram

The darter, a tropical waterbird, and the terrapin, at the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.

The sambar, at Bharatpur. Photo: K. Jayaram

The common coot (Fulica atra), a member of the bird family the Rallidae, at Bharatpur. Photo: K. Jayaram

Freshwater crocodile at the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary in Karnataka. Photo: K. Jayaram

The river tern (Sterna aurantia) of the family Laridae, at Ranganathittu. Photo: K. Jayaram

The Asian Openbill (Anastomus oscitans) of the stork family Ciconiidae, at Ranganathittu Photo: K. Jayaram

The lesser adjutant (Leptoptilos javanicus), a wading bird in the stork family Ciconiidae, with a water snake, at Ranganathittu. Photo: K. Jayaram

The Eurasian spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia) of the family Threskiornithidae, at Ranganathittu. Photo: K. Jayaram

A flock of Eurasian spoonbills at Ranganathittu. Photo: K. Jayaram

The spot-billed pelican (Pelecanus philippensis) of the Pelecanidae family, Ranganathittu. Photo: K. Jayaram

The greater flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) of the family Phoenicopteridae, at Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Photo: K. Jayaram

Fishing from a coracle at dawn, at Hesaraghatta lake, Bengaluru. Photo: K. Jayaram

Wetland frogs (Euphlyctis cyanophlyctis), the Dicroglossidae family, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. Photo: K. Jayaram

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