Bird watching as a hobby and recreation in India is growing by leaps and bounds as enthusiasts increase and optics become cheaper. India is home to thirteen percent of the global avian species which include migrants that arrive from far and wide to escape intense cold and snow.
Declared as a bird sanctuary by the government it is home to more than three hundred species some of which are rare visitors. Migrants make up sizeable numbers in Northern India whence lakes flock with overseas arrivals. Almost all lakes and ponds are abuzz with activity the honk honk is heard everywhere especially in the woods and remote destinations.
Undisturbed and not shot the migrants have discovered safe heavens everywhere across the country but North is within easy reach and some annual same place visitors have created a phenomenon. Vegetarian by majority with conservation ethos the population does not shoot this winged wonders habitually. And those who do can face penalties under the Wildlife Protection Act 1972.