The exotic and endangered Mandarin Ducks were spotted again in Arunachal.
Informing about the latest development, Chief Minister Pema Khandu tweeted that the conservation efforts of the state are now bearing fruit.
He wrote, “Conservation efforts bearing fruit.
Mandarin ducks, considered one of the most beautiful birds in the world was twice spotted in #Arunachal; earlier at Siikhe lake in Ziro, and now at Miyong river in Dirang Valley.
Feels so good and happy looking at it!
“We were driving along the Miyong River, searching for the Crested Kingfisher. At one spot, we saw a group of three female ducks on a rock, and another duck in the water. When we checked through our binoculars, we were amazed to find that it was the stunning and very colorful Mandarin Duck! I was so excited that initially I could not even pronounce the name properly – it took a few seconds before I could even say the name Mandarin Duck,” said Lobsang Tsering, bird tour operator and bird guide, from Dirang who was the first to spot the rare bird species.
He was on a sightseeing tour along with his clients on March 5 at 7 am when the bird tour operator set his eyes upon the duck. “This is the first time ever the Mandarin Duck has been seen in Western Arunachal, no previous sightings,” Tsering added.
On February 20, a single Mandarin Duck was spotted in Arunachal Pradesh’s Ziro. It was the first spotting of this small and exotic species in the state. Forest Department officials suspect that the duck made a 300-kilometre journey from Assam’ Maguri Motapung wetland, where it was spotted earlier this month.
“It was spotted on February 20 at the Siikhe Lake along with a big flock of another species,” said Abhinav Kumar, the Divisional Forest Officer, Ziro. “There is a high probability that it is the same duck which was spotted in Assam,” Kumar told EastMojo.
The bird was spotted by Millo Tako, a bird watcher from Ziro during the 13th edition of the Ziro Bird Walk.