JAMMU: Around 2500 bar headed geese have become centre of attraction for the visitors at Gharana Wetland situated along the Indo-Pak International Border in Ranbir Singh Pura area of this winter capital.
The Gharana wetland has once again started chirping loud with thousands of migratory birds particularly with bar headed geese collared by the Jammu and Kashmir Wild Life Department.
“Presently there are around 2500 bar headed geese besides other migratory birds tat have arrived the Gharana,” said Raja Sayeed-Chief Warden, Wild Life Department-Jammu.
Mr Sayeed said a flock of bar headed geese is also seen at other locations adjoining to Gharana adding, “the government is planning to develop the Gharana wetland and bring it on the tourism map so that, tourists visiting the state can have glimpse of beautiful scene at the site.”
He further said around four bar headed geese, who were collared with red ribbon were also spotted at the wetland, which means that they after covering other parts of the country, reached here.
“Four bar headed geese with the ribbon collared on its neck with the number K-24 has been seen at the Wetland,” said an official adding that the Bar headed geese were collared at Chushul in Ladhakh in September this year, to study the route of the bar headed geese.
“It has showed that the bar headed geese, which is a migratory bird use to live at Ladakh during summers and returns to Jammu during winters,” he added.
The official further said two of the bar headed geese were also collared with satellite transmitters, which helps in knowing the actual location of the bird.
“Two bar headed gees, collared with Satellite transmitter are presently in Himachal Pradesh and one is here at Gharana,” he added.
Gharana is about 35 kilometers west of Jammu in Ranbir Singh Pura sector on Indo-Pak border.
It has been notified as Important Bird Area (IBA) site. It was declared Reserve in 1981.
“We are also in touch with the local populace because without their help, it will not be possible for the department to develop the wetland, which is one of the best sites for the tourists to visit during winters,” he added.