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Indian Skimmer Rynchops albicollis   - Adult
Indian Skimmer
Photographer : © P M Laad
Location :Chambal River, National Chambal Sanctuary, Uttar Pradesh, India
Date : 15 April 2012
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Bird Family :Rynchopini - Skimmers
Red Data Status :Vulnerable
Remarks :Indian Skimmers nest on undisturbed islands of sand. Many times these islands are eroded by the fast current of the river. A nest was quite close to the edge of the island which was gradually getting eroded. We took a risk and shifted the nest about 5 feet away from the edge. The tension of abandoning the nest by parents was there. But after ascertaining that the eggs were their own, they resumed incubating.

The sanctuary staff deserve encouragement for their efforts in saving a nest. - PML

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