Since the end of February this year, the Jincheng Lake in Hsinchu City has been alive with migratory birds, including thousands of Black-winged Stilts
and five Black-faced Spoonbills, Hsinchu City Mayor Lin Chih-chien said Wednesday while inviting the public to come to the city to watch and take photos of these enchanting birds.
Species observed both in 2010 and 2011 were Greater Flamingo, Black-winged Stilt
, Mallard, Gadwall, Northern Pintail, Common Coot, Kentish Plover, Indian Courser, Great Bittern and Little Bittern while Gray Wagtail was not recorded in 2011.
Studied water birds include Nycticorax nycticorax (black- crowned night heron), Egretta garzetta (little egret) and Himantopus himantopus (black-winged stilt
The black-winged stilts
are incubating four eggs on an island at the Wildfowl and Wetland trust - the first recorded incident of the birds ever breeding in the region.
The wetlands contain approximately 170 species of bird, including Black Stork, Graylag Goose, Grebe, Lapwing, and Black-winged Stilt
. There are around 200 specimens of rare and valuable animal species.
It aims to improve nesting and foraging conditions for important bird species such as the Spur-winged Lapwing, the Black-winged Stilt
and the Ferruginous Duck, manage vegetation using unique Cyprus breed grazing cattle and water management of the site.
It comes complete with colored photographs and descriptions of the birds, including the endangered species of Black-Winged Stilt
, which has an estimated population of 100,000 around the world; the Philippine Duck; and Chinese Egret.
The Black-winged Stilt
is an elegant wading bird: tar-black wings, a white body and long red legs.
Birds such as the Siberian Crane, Greater Flamingo, Ruff, Black-winged Stilt
, Common Teal, Common Greenshank, Northern Pintail, Wagtail, Wagtail, Northern Shoveler, Rosy Pelican and Gadwall, usually migrate to wetlands in India.
Visitors can see wading birds, such as the black-winged stilt
, that are found at the wetland all year.
Khan told Gulf News that "in the last week, the nesting of black-winged stilt
(Himantupos himantupos) was observed in some areas of the sanctuary.
A rare black-winged stilt
reeding at at altitudes of over 700m.
Oroklini Lake, which is found in a Natura 2000 area, is very important for two species of birds that nest there, Black-winged Stilt
(Himantopus himantopus) and Spur-winged Plover (Vanellus spinosus).
The wetland hosts the Chinese egret, known globally to be threatened; common greenshank; and 10 percent of the population of black-winged stilt
Joselin Marcus Fragada, DENR regional chief, said most of the birds species seen during the seven-day bird watching and counting made by the PAWD were the Black-winged Stilt
, Little Egret, Common Tern and Whiskered Tern.