As the winter sets in Ramrai Ranisagar lake in this northern district wears a festive look with the arrival of chirping birds and thousands of visitors to watch them play in the water. This year also the famed lake, largest in the area, has come alive with hundreds of migratory birds flocking on it from far away to escape freezing cold in Serbia and surrounding areas. Also known as Rani Sagar the lake is famous for its natural beauty. The arrival of the colourful birds accentuates its charm attracting tourists from all across Bangladesh. Also read: Migratory birds battle poachers in Khulna During the day the birds frolic in the lake’s water and when the sun sets they take shelter in the litchi orchard around the water body. Located four km from the Ranisankail upazila headquarters the lake has been one of the country’s sanctuaries for winter birds who love to spend some time in relatively warm weather in Bangladesh. Unfortunately, these guest birds do not often get the hospitality they deserve. Read Visit Baikka Beel, Hail Haor, Sreemangal: Buoyant art of nature in a paradise of birds At this lake in particular the pollution in the water has become a hazard for the birds.
Although the poaching of birds is a punishable act, it is going on unabated in Bagerhat under the noses of the local administration . Hunters and poachers are using an array of new methods to trap different species of birds including dahak(white-breasted waterhen), Bok(herons), kora(Watercock), jalpipi(Bronze-winged jacana), buck, maasranga(Kingfisher) and so on in the wetlands and forests of the district. Read:Migratory birds battle poachers in Khulna -
Over the past decade, the hamlet of Kunjaban in Naogaon's Mahadebpur upazila has emerged as a popular winter holiday destination for bird watchers in Bangladesh.
As the mercury has started falling fast, sightings at the Islamic University Lake in Kushtia have become greatly enjoyable with the chirps of migratory birds!
Although the poaching of migratory birds is a punishable act, it is going on unabated here under the nose of the local administration and police. It is even alleged that police take money from bird hunters and traders to allow their illegal act. Migratory birds visit Bangladesh from the remotest corners of the world such as Siberia, Mongolia and the Tibetan plateau during the winter and live mostly in haor and beel areas considering the country their safe place. But, a large number of guest birds are being caught every year by some unscrupulous people and sold. A big bird is sold at Tk 300 in the district while the price of a small one is Tk 150. There is no scope for any bargaining as the demand for the migratory birds is so high. Even, customers are making advance payment for the birds. Bird hunters and sellers claimed that police collect money from them on a monthly basis. Anup Das, a bird hunter of Aranghata, said all the bird poachers have to give money to the police. He said they normally hunt birds from beels at night undercover of dark using traps and hand those over to traders in the early morning. Kudrat-e-Khuda, general secretary of the district chapter of Sushasoner Jonno Nagorik (Shujan), said the local administration needs to take strict action to stop the bird hunting. He said local representatives should raise awareness among people against bird hunting. Madinul Ahsan, a divisional officer of Wildlife Management and Nature Conservation Department, Khulna, said migratory birds usually roam in the beels of Terokhada, Dumuria and Sapahar in the district. He said they conduct drives against bird poachers regularly. “We remain alert this time, too. No bird hunter will be spared.” Helal Hossain, deputy commissioner of Khulna, said they conduct drives regularly. “If anyone is caught with birds, he or she will be punished by mobile court.”