Noida Okhla Bird Sanctuary - migratory birds fly to the sanctuary from Tibet, Europe and Siberia
"Major-General H. P. W. Hutson recorded the birds of Okhla during the course of his ornithological surveys in the Delhi region during June 1943 to May 1945. Subsequently, Mrs Usha Ganguli also recorded the avifauna from this site in her book, A guide to the birds of the Delhi area."
The construction of the Kalandikunj barrage in 1986 resulted in the formation of a large lake that led to a dramatic increase in bird population.
In 1990, the area was officially notified as a bird sanctuary under the Wildlife Protection Act of India, in order to conserve the population of resident and migratory birds and attract nature lovers and tourists.
The Okhla Bird Sanctuary is a good weekend destination any day from November to March, particularly in February with Spring just around the corner.
It is situated in Gautam Budh Nagar (NOIDA), to the west of Sector 16A, bound at the south east by the Kalandi Kunj barrage across the Yamuna river.
The roughly 4 sq km sanctuary extends to the west bank (Delhi side) of the Yamuna adjacent to Afzal Ganj. The marshy wetlands on either side of the Yamuna near the barrage has been a resting place for migratory birds since the Agra canal was constructed in 1874
Per Person: Rs 30/-
Per Car/Jeep - Rs. 100/-
Two wheeler - Rs. 20/-
The sanctuary is easily accessible using the Delhi metro from Connaught Place. The ride from Rajiv Chowk to Botanical Garden on the line terminating at Noida City Center takes about 30 mins. The Kalindikunj barrage entrance is about 3 kms from Botanical Garden, a distance best covered using an auto rickshaw.
Migratory birds fly to the sanctuary from Tibet, Europe and Siberia in October and November to escape the extreme cold and harsh environment and get good nourishment. They usually leave around the middle of March when ambient temperatures start to rise above 30 - 35 deg C. Among nearly 319 species of birds found here, more than 50% are migratory.
The place abounds in fish like Katla, Rohu, Mrigal, Channa, Singada etc. There are mammals like Neelghais, Jackals, Mongooses, Rats & Mice along with reptiles like turtles, tortoises, geckos, monitor lizards, garden lizards, rat snakes, vine snakes, water snakes and also amphibians like toads and frogs.
Okhla bird sanctuary ride....!!!!
Bronze winged jacana,immature