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Arrival of migratory birds attracting bird lovers in Uttarakhand.

Udham Singh Nagar, Dec 7 (ANI): Bird lovers flocked to Haripura Water Park in Udham Singh Nagar District of Uttarakhand as hundreds of migratory birds from abroad took over the marshland.

The Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), Parag Madhkar, said around 140 varieties of migratory birds have arrived at the lake and the authorities are keen to develop the lake as a hub for tourists.

"Varieties of migratory birds flock in during the winters. Around 140 varieties of wetland birds are found here. Mainly found birds are Pochard, Northern Shoveler and varieties of ducks. As these are foreign birds, so we welcome them during the winter season. We will have to see as to how we can develop this area as a bird watching or tourism spot," said Madhkar.

Birds like Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Ruddy Shelduck, Red-Crested Pochard, Common Mergansar, Black Stork, Purple Heron and Indian Cormorant are some of the migratory birds that flock to the lake.

Coordinator of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), K D Khandpal, said the visiting school children were told the importance of these birds and the need to conserve them.

"We told the children about these birds, that how important these birds are and we have to save their residing places. The relationship of birds with these lakes is whenever the temperature drops in the cold regions; these birds migrate to marshlands in India and settle here because they find optimum temperature here. So they settle down here for 5-6 months and then again they go back to their original homes," said Khandpal.

School children spent delightful moments watching different colourful species of birds.

Haripura Water Park is spread over 1100 acres including wetland area.old wave has already swept many parts of north Indian states as the thick fog engulfs the provinces. (ANI)

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