Posted by: Bob Payne | April 16, 2011

Winging it: birdwatching on India’s Lake Chilika

The greater flamingoes seemed drugged in the heat haze from the Bay of Bengal. Near them waded white ibis from Bangladesh, and rare Brahminy ducks from Mongolia drilled their heads into the lake. I was with bird observer Hrudananda Jena at Lake Chilika, in the Indian state of Orissa. The largest brackish water lagoon in Asia, Chilika lies halfway up coast of the eastern state, 100km from its capital, Bhubaneswar.

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