'Hakki Habba' begins in Mangaluru from today

'Hakki Habba' begins in Mangaluru from today

'Hakki Habba' begins in Mangaluru from today

Amateur birdwatchers and professional ornithologists will have an opportunity to observe different species of birds during the three-day long Hakki Habba in Mangaluru from February 9 to 11. In fact, over 150 to 200 bird watchers from different parts of the country are heading to Mangaluru for the event.

Along with rich traditional art forms and culture, the Coastal belt is also known for its natural beauty. The seashores and the forests house several species of birds.

The main attraction of the event will be Pelagic birding, shore birding, estuary and riverine birding.

Bird lovers can interact with eminent birders and bird photographers. There will be talks on conservation and a photo exhibition as well.

The Habba is being organised under the aegis of State Eco-Tourism Development Board and the Forest Department. A similar fest was already organised at Ranganathittu in Mysuru, at Dandeli, and in Ballari recently. In fact, the three-day Hornbill festival was held from February 2 to 4 at the Kali Tiger Reserve at Dandeli forests in Uttara Kannada district with the idea of developing a community of birdwatchers, said DCF V Karikalan. The festival aims at creating awareness among youngsters on different species of birds. "Several birds are on the verge of extinction. Their habitats are being destroyed," the officer said.

Avian aficionados can also enjoy the chirping of birds. The aim of the festival is to draw the attention of enthusiastic budding conservationists to the varied bird species and explain to them about the various types of birds and their ecological importance.

District- In-Charge Minister Ramanath Rai will inaugurate the programme. After 3 pm, the bird watchers will be taken to different places for watching birds. Five boats have been arranged for pelagic birding and they will be taken early in the morning. The bird movements will be watched in the backwaters as well.

On February 10, drawing and quiz competitions will be held for schoolchildren on birds at Pilkula Science Centre. On February 11, birders can watch the birds at Kudremukha, Kundapura, Mangaluru, and Pilikula. Bird watchers and enthusiasts have already registered online.

The stay for the participants has been organised at Pilikula Jungle Lodges and at private hotels. Mangaluru has exotic migratory seasonal birds from the sea. There was a good response to events in Ranganathittu and Dandeli. All the needed help for bird watching will be provided by the forest department, Karikalan said.

He said that the Habba is being organised in Mangaluru for the fourth time.

Some of the pelagic bird species found in the region are Albatrosses, Frigatebirds, Fulmars, Petrels, and Shearwaters.