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The Vanishing Sanctuary

By March 7, 2019 May 10th, 2019 No Comments

Greenbelt!  Buffer zone! these are some of the jargons used by conservationists frequently. All trying to demark the boundaries from the ones occupied or shall I say subjugated by the infamous civilised humans.

Visiting Jyamangali Blackbuck Reserve was a different experience altogether. I was accompanied by Binoo, Anup and  Anindya all Nature enthusiasts on the 10th of June 2018.

Though the journey to Jayamangali was rewarding, it was heart-wrenching to see how the sanctuary is subjected to the human forces.

A pair of Blue Faced Malkoha welcomed us. The birds were chirping and trying to dry themselves in the morning sun.

The sanctuary has been demarked with the help of Natural boundaries which we were unable to understand as to where it starts and ends. Some of the blackbucks were grazing in open grasslands which we thought was the sanctuary area.

Blackbuck – Male – Juvenile 

Some basic facts

Name: Blackbuck
Family: Bovidae
Latin Name: Antilope cervicapra
Local Name: Mrig (male); Harna (female) – Hindi, Krishna mraga / Chigare – Kannada
Habitat: Blackbucks are normally found in open grasslands.
Status: Has been moved from Threatened to Least Concern (IUCN)

As we drove into the reserve, a tractor loaded with rubble honking as loudly as possible overtook us and was going into the sanctuary may be for some construction.  After some time a rickshaw with a lot of material was coming out. Within a span of ten minutes, there was a two-wheeler that passed us. The road seems to have become a highway connecting some villages/towns.

Around the sanctuary

After spending some time around the grassland. We were rewarded by an amazing sight of about 30 blackbucks with an adult and two subadults.

Jayamangali is one of the hotspots for blackbucks which I feel must be saved from habitat destruction, encroachment and also party people who come and misuse the place for nonsensical activities that must be addressed immediately.

The sanctuary has a watch tower which is in a dilapidated condition, but from the top gives a good view around from a good height.

The weather was not favouring birds to show themselves but we were able to spot 34 species during the journey and within the sanctuary. Following is the checklist of birds that were accounted for during this trip.

Sl.no. Name: Scientific Name:
1 Ashy Prinia (socialis) Prinia socialis socialis
2 Asian Koel Eudynamys scolopaceus
3 Black Drongo (macrocercus) Dicrurus macrocercus macrocercus
4 Black Kite Milvus migrans
5 Common Myna Acridotheres tristis
6 Crested Serpent Eagle Spilornis cheela
7 Eurasian Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto
8 Eurasian Coot Fulica atra
9 Garganey Anas querquedula
10 Greater Coucal (parroti) Centropus sinensis parroti
11 Green Bee-eater (orientalis) Merops orientalis orientalis
12 Grey Heron Ardea cinerea
13 House Crow (splendens) Corvus splendens splendens
14 Indian Cormorant Phalacrocorax fuscicollis
15 Indian Robin (fulicatus) Copsychus fulicatus fulicatus
16 Indian Roller Coracias benghalensis
17 Indian Silverbill Euodice malabarica
18 Large Grey Babbler Turdoides malcolmi
19 Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis
20 Oriental Magpie-Robin Copsychus saularis
21 Oriental White-eye (palpebrosus) Zosterops palpebrosus palpebrosus
22 Paddyfield Pipit Anthus rufulus
23 Pale-billed Flowerpecker Dicaeum erythrorhynchos
24 Pied Kingfisher (rudis) Ceryle rudis rudis
25 Plum-headed Parakeet Psittacula cyanocephala
26 Purple-rumped Sunbird Leptocoma zeylonica
27 Red-rumped Swallow (daurica) Cecropis daurica daurica
28 Red-vented Bulbul (cafer) Pycnonotus cafer cafer
29 Red-whiskered Bulbul (jocosus) Pycnonotus jocosus jocosus
30 River Tern Sterna aurantia
31 Rose-ringed Parakeet Psittacula krameri
32 Singing Bush Lark Mirafra cantillans
33 Spotted Dove Spilopelia chinensis
34 White-throated Kingfisher (smyrnensis) Halcyon smyrnensis smyrnensis

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