Sanctuary Asia's Wild Maharashtra
SPECIAL MENTION, HIRA PUNJABI
The magnificent Western Marsh Harrier is a largish migrant, often visible as a dark V-shape in flight, with yellow legs dangling. The chocolate-brown female is more eye-catching than the male. She sports lighter under parts and striking eyes. The rust-coloured males rarely form pair bonds for over one breeding season, at the end of which females will lay three to eight eggs in grassy ground nests built by both birds on reed banks and suitable wetlands. The destruction and pollution of inland swamps, marshes and coastal wetlands tops the causes for the decline of all wetland-dependent species in India.