Birds Of Paradise

IMG_2271.JPGDeep into a remote outback of Islamabad, lies a paradise. Well at least when it comes to birds. If you drive all the way to D-12/D-13 sectors beyond Golra, you come across a bird sanctuary right at the foot hills of the Margallas. The owners have around 50 species of birds. Most of the birds are rare and hard to find commonly. I had a chance to visit the place and was marveled by the sheer beauty of these creatures. Can you believe it, they even have flamingos! Sorry I don’t have the names of all these birds.


6 Comments so far

  1. WK (unregistered) on February 17th, 2007 @ 2:32 pm




  2. Bird_watcher (unregistered) on February 17th, 2007 @ 5:19 pm

    The true beauty of wildlife lies in its natural environment not in cages.I wish we could be a little more caring and understanding towards conservation of our native species and their abodes.Our two fresh-water lakes ‘manchhar’ and ‘keenjhar’ are sanctuary to all kinds of migratory birds and a must visit for bird enthusiasts of Pakistan.I was an avid collector of birds and bird feathers in my teen years but damn this city life don’t get much of a chance now to enjoy such sights.I can still remeber the jingling sounds of pheasants, partridges with their little chicks searching for bugs and grain, wild rabbits hopping here and there through my study window during the day.The night brought its own sounds and creatures like hoohoooo of the owl (which during one of the moonless nights almost gave me a cardiac arrest with its sudden flapping and sounding while chasing a bat as i was too busy in solving some math problem).Sometimes colorful snakes were discovered under garage lights feeding on frogs and mayflies.The bushes were a nature’s lightshow sparkling with fireflies.We had our chance encounters with every kind of native snake species from crates to cobras to harmless water snakes and luckily escaped without harm.Once ended up right into wild boars den while chasing a white eagle through the bushes and ran like hell hearing and seeing the angry hog whose territory had been invaded.Weekly rampage of the nearby orchards for cheekoos and wild berries was a favourite event.Still cherish those carefree and happy times.
    Here in Lahore they have put some birds and animals near Jallo Park in open cages but all the animals are in dismal conditions as if on hunger strike.The ghadyaal had to be searched through the dirt as there was no water in the pool.Same was with water fowls.Snakes were indistinguishable whether dead or alive.The continuos picnicing and party hosting have ruined the park and peace and tranquility of the animals.
    Hope that we don’t end up eating all our edible birds and animals in the name of game and hunting and spare some to remain in their natural surroundings.

  3. Ali (unregistered) on February 17th, 2007 @ 9:20 pm

    one question….is it open for public. I would very much like to visit this place next time I am in Pakistan.

  4. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on February 19th, 2007 @ 12:28 pm

    Great they are so beautiful … with mesmerizing colours like the orange ones rather Flamy ones :>

    Some of them looks like some nasal of MURGHAS ;)

  5. 1967 (unregistered) on February 20th, 2007 @ 2:12 pm

    @Ali: Yes it is open to the public, and no fee for entrance.

  6. SELF (unregistered) on February 21st, 2007 @ 1:30 am

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