The Indian Birding Fair turned 21 this year, organised on 8th and 9th Feb 2018. The Fair organised various activities such as bird watching, drawing, quiz and various sessions teaching people about wildlife and conservation. Various institutions engaged in conservation of flora and fauna showcased their work at stalls. The Fair is a citizens’ initiative.
The 21st Indian Birding Fair is happening at the Man Sagar Lake. This year, this fair is dedicated to the White Naped Tit bird, which is quite rare in Jaipur and are at the verge of extinction.
White-Naped is a robust, strongly patterned, mainly black-and-white coloured bird with yellow in the flanks and sides of the breast. The bird is found in Udaipur and in some regions of Kutch as well.
The fair has received support from the WWF-India, the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), the Indian Bird Conservation Network (IBCN) and other conservation outfits. Expert bird watchers from Bharatpur will show birds through telescopes and binoculars. Interactive sessions on conservation will also be organised. Several overseas experts will take part in the fair.
In this year's Bird Fair, European Common Coot is the first migratory bird to be seen. Other birds to please the sight are Black winged Stilt, Red Vettled Lapwing, Grey Haron, Russian Step Eagle, and Painted Stark. According to the Harshvardhan (Secretary, Tourism and Wildlife Society of India), the Man Sagar Lake can be converted into mini Bharatpur as the breeding facilities for the migratory birds are quite good here. However, the eco system of the lake has been quite complicated now due to less number of fishes, and it requires proper conservation.
There will be exhibitions related to sculptures, painting, merchandise, stone art etc. Kids witnessing the event are enjoying the bird tattoos. Apart from it, the tempting street food at Jalmahal Road is surely not to be missed!
21st Indian Birding Fair
February 8-9, 2018
9 am - 2 pm
Man Sagar Lake, Jal Mahal Jaipur