Rare bird species such as the red-necked phalarope (pambarakkada) and a tiny wader that swims in open sea have been sighted during the first pelagic bird expedition in southern Kerala.

Red-necked phalarope was sighted in Neendakara in Kollam district for the first time on the Kerala coast, a release said here today.

Streaked shearwater (varayan thiravetti), another rare bird, was sighted twice by birdwatchers who participated in the event, which concluded on October 1, and carried out transects from Neendakara to Kollam for two days.

The transects included both deep-sea and offshore birding, following fishing boats.

The birdwatchers also recorded several migratory seabirds including swinhoe’s storm-petrels, Wilson’s storm-petrels, flesh-footed shearwaters, Arctic skua, masked booby, bridled terns and sooty terns during the expedition.

Birdwatchers from different birdwatching societies such as Malabar Natural History Society (MNHS), Kerala Birder and Travancore Nature History Society (TNHS) participated in the event.

(This article was published on October 3, 2012)
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