Raipur. Story of Nature: A village where a large number of birds make their camp on every tree planted. They come before the rainy season and return with Diwali. The villagers consider their arrival auspicious because after their arrival, the rain starts. The heat is relieved, the fields get water and farming starts.
Yes, Lachkera is a small village in Gariaband district, 75 km from the capital Raipur. Where for hundreds of years migratory birds called open buildstorks reach in thousands. Up to 50 to 100 birds make their nest on each tree. give birth to babies here.
And after spending 5-6 months, by October-November, when the children are able to fly, they leave the village. According to bird experts, they get a favorable breeding environment here. Straws are found for water and nest building. That’s why they camp here.
Raipur-based YouTuber couple Prashant Gupta ‘Yakien’ and Priyanka Agarwal Gupta have created a wonderful documentary on their PP VLOGS by giving this enlightening information on the scenes of Lachkera, the village of birds.
1000 rupees fine for killing birds
The village sarpanch Uday Ram Nishad says that the whole village takes care of the birds. But, a few years ago people were found hunting them for food. After which the Panchayat made a provision of a fine of 1000 rupees on the victim. Since then the hunt is completely closed.
No one harms them in any way. Paltan Nishad, 92, says that I have been watching birds since childhood. I also asked my elders that since when are the birds coming, they used to say since we have been watching.
About openbuild stork-
It is a large bird, which is found in large numbers throughout the Indian subcontinent except the mountainous regions. Also in Thailand, China, Vietnam, Russia. They were called openbills because of their long neck, long legs and long beak and the space between the beaks. They are carnivores, they like to eat snails, fish, earthworms and aquatic creatures.