A bird’s paradise this place is none other than Mangalajodi. An area of about 10sq. kms that is primarily a freshwater zone. Near Chilika Lake you can see migratory birds, but at Mangalajodi you can spot the winged birds very carefully.
About 70kms away from Bhubaneshwar, it’s the state capital of Odisha and falls in the eastern Peninsular India. Located on the bank of Chilika Lake, and it has a beautiful landscape full of bamboo and mango trees thus creating a natural and beautiful ambience.
When October arrives, there is an outpour in the air flocks of birds. Above the skies flocks of birds gather around in Manglajodi. This place is a treat to watch for all the birds’ lover. It will give them huge relief and comfort. The sight is amazing to see so many birds arrive and settle amidst the lakhs of water-lilies in the wetlands. Lakhs of Ruffs, godwits, plovers, sandpipers and migratory ducks begin to fill the wetland’s bit by bit. In the initial state of migration, the bird’s murmurs especially at night the sound covers in the wetland area when it is at the peak of migration thus the best term for this is a birds roar. You can catch a glimpse of The Peregrine Falcon rest on the mud bund and even see the Bluethroat bird. Thousands of rare Grey-headed Lapwings leaving the ground and Hundreds of Gulls will rest in calm. The Whiskered Terns are friendly and are ready to get clicked with their endless poses. While the hundreds of River Terns give you the closest looks as they lie down in the mud bunds. A birder’s delight is when he catches a glimpse of the famous take-offs by the Pintails with the flying water trails and the stoic Ruddy Shelducks. The skulkers like the Ruddy-breasted Crakes, the Bailon’s Crakes, the Salty-breasted Rails and the Greater Painted Snipes search in the open from January onwards. By April onwards the Black-tailed Godwits, Oriental Pratincoles and the Pacific Golden Plovers the breeding plumages (feathers) appears. From May onwards, you can see the largest congregation of Glossy Ibis and Large Whistling Ducks.