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Migratory birds flocked to the wetlands of Sindh as lockdown prevented hunting activities

KARACHI: Migratory birds including pelicans, mallards, cranes and waders, stop in Pakistan on their way to and from Siberia. Lock down measures have helped birds settle in by keeping hunters and bird catchers away.

Sindh Wildlife Department’s provincial conservator, Javed Ahmed Mahar has mentioned that this 741,042 migratory birds were reported in a survey, a big jump from the 248,105 birds counted in 2019. Every year almost 40 per cent of Sindh’s wetlands are surveyed to count numbers of birds and analyze their migratory patterns.

Ahmed Mahar informed that since the lockdown no wildlife-related crimes such as trapping, hunting or illegal trading were recorded in the province.

“The birds have stayed longer this year, maybe due to meagre disturbances by humans due to the lockdown everywhere,” said the Veteran Pakistani wildlife photographer Ahmer Ali Rizvi