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Wings of hope

While climate change has already affected both shorebird and seabird species the world over, the legal protection of the ecosystem holds out hope that Indian coasts and estuaries will remain healthy and continue to support viable shorebird and seabird populations.

 

Brown-headed gull (Chroicocephalus brunnicephalus).
Brown-headed gull (Chroicocephalus brunnicephalus).Photo: ABHISHEK MIMANI
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Crab plovers (Dromas ardeola).
Crab plovers (Dromas ardeola).Photo: ABHISHEK MIMANI
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Eurasian curlew (Numenius arquata), instantly recognisable by its distinctive down curved bill.
Eurasian curlew (Numenius arquata), instantly recognisable by its distinctive down curved bill.Photo: ABHISHEK MIMANI
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Dunlin (Calidris alpina), also known as red-backed sandpiper.
Dunlin (Calidris alpina), also known as red-backed sandpiper.Photo: ABHISHEK MIMANI
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Pied avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta).
Pied avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta).Photo: ABHISHEK MIMANI
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Marsh sandpipers (Tringa stagnatilis). Most sandpipers are northern-latitude breeders that in many cases undertake amazing migrations to the southern extreme of the globe.
Marsh sandpipers (Tringa stagnatilis). Most sandpipers are northern-latitude breeders that in many cases undertake amazing migrations to the southern extreme of the globe.Photo: ABHISHEK MIMANI
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Pallas’ gulls (Icththyaetus ichthyaetus), also known as the great black-headed gulls.
Pallas’ gulls (Icththyaetus ichthyaetus), also known as the great black-headed gulls.Photo: ABHISHEK MIMANI
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A pair of brown-headed gulls. These birds breed in the high plateaus of Ladakh to Mongolia and winter on the coasts and large inland lakes of the Indian subcontinent.
A pair of brown-headed gulls. These birds breed in the high plateaus of Ladakh to Mongolia and winter on the coasts and large inland lakes of the Indian subcontinent.Photo: ABHISHEK MIMANI
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Little tern (Sternula albifrons) which, as its name suggests, is a small bird, 21–25 centimetres long with a 41–47-centimetre wingspan.
Little tern (Sternula albifrons) which, as its name suggests, is a small bird, 21–25 centimetres long with a 41–47-centimetre wingspan.Photo: ABHISHEK MIMANI
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Bar-tailed godwit (Limosa lapponica), which travels more than 10,000 kilometres in seven days.
Bar-tailed godwit (Limosa lapponica), which travels more than 10,000 kilometres in seven days.Photo: ABHISHEK MIMANI
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Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia), famed for its long-distance migratory flying.
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia), famed for its long-distance migratory flying.Photo: ABHISHEK MIMANI
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Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola).
Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola).Photo: ABHISHEK MIMANI
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Great Knot (Calidris tenuirostris).
Great Knot (Calidris tenuirostris).Photo: ABHISHEK MIMANI
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Ruddy turnstone (Arenaria interpres).
Ruddy turnstone (Arenaria interpres).Photo: ABHISHEK MIMANI
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A pair of Heuglins gulls (Larus heuglini).
A pair of Heuglins gulls (Larus heuglini).Photo: ABHISHEK MIMANI
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