The pollution free atmosphere in the Mewar–Wagad belt is an annual attraction for birds from across the seven seas, and the third Bird Festival conducted on the initiative of Forest Department introduced this annual congregation of migratory birds to bird lovers across the globe.
Concluding ceremony of the third Bird Festival was held at 12PM on Monday, under the auspices of Rajya Sabha member Harshvardhan Singh who graced the occasion as Chief Guest. Ornithologist IAS Vikram Singh, Ex-President of the Bombay Natural History Society Asad Rehmani, Chief Forest Office Shikha Mehra, Rahul Bhatnagar, Indrapal Matharu, Tabina Anjum Qureshi from Deccan Herald, were among the other special guests at the closing ceremony, which was held at the Auditorium at MLSU Guest House.
Awards for various competitions held during the Festival were distributed during the ceremony and participants discussed their experience during the three day event.
Earlier, on Sunday, enthusiastic bird watchers and bird lovers chose to celebrate their Christmas amongst the winged migrants who were on their annual journey to the Mewar-Wagad area.
Bird watching teams spread across migratory bird havens viz. Menar, Badvai, Kishen, Mangalvad, Nagaavali, Javai Dam where they enjoyed photography and bird watching. Bird lovers from across the country enjoyed being among the local and migratory birds, watching them in action at the lakes and jungles in the area.
Bird Expert Asad Rehmani, Vikram Singh, Rahul Bhatnagar, Indrapal Matharu, Dr. Satish Sharma, Sharad Agrawal, Vinay Dave, PRadeep Sukhwal and other bird experts explained the migration pattern of the birds to those present at the venues. Pelican, Bar Headed Goose, Grey Leg Goose, Shoveler, Saras Crane and other mirgratory birds and local birds were pictured and the sound of music resulting from their tweets needed to be heard to be enjoyed. The bird lovers and photographers missed no chance of capturing the birds movements, actions and flight on camera.