Drigh Lake: The Favorable Place for Winter Migratory Birds

Drigh Lake: The Favorable Place for Winter Migratory Birds

Drigh Lake (Urdu: ڈرگ جھیل ‎) is located in the area of Qambar Shahdadkot District in the province of Sindh, Pakistan, 29 kilometers (18 mi) from the Larkana city and 7 kilometers (4 mi) from the place of Qambar town. It has a surface area of 450 acres (180 ha).

Drigh Lake is a favorable place for resident and the winter migratory birds such as night heron, grey heron, pintail, purple heron, great white egret, common teal,  little egret, painted anipe, mallard, gadwal,  shoveller,  tufted duck, wigeon, osprey, marsh harrier, white breasted kingfisher, pied kingfisher, small blue kingfisher, cormorant, purple galinule, white-breasted waterhen, moorhen, common pochard,  crow pheasant, pied harrier, darter, garganey, ferruginous duck, moorhen, greater spotted eagle, marbled teal and coot.

Drigh Lake was announced and declared as a wildlife sanctuary in the year of 1972 and was designated as a Ramsar site in the year 1976. A small rest house exists there for visitors. Currently, Drigh Lake is owned and handled by the Landlord Chatani shaikh family

Dignitaries who have toured the Drigh Dhand Apart from Raza Shah Pehlwi of Iran, Yasir Arafat, Hafiz al-Asad of Syria, Queen Elizabeth of England, Muammar Qaddafi of Libya, Shaikh Zahid of Abu Dhabi, King Hussein of Jordan and ex-Pakistani leaders Ayub Khan and General Ziaul Haq have also visited the Drigh Dhand. Their photographs are present at the rest house, which was constructed near the lake in the year 1973.

Structure of Drigh Lake

Drigh Lake is small, moderately salty water with expansion of reed marshes and fertile aquatic flora situated in the Indus Floodplain. An important wintering and breeding for huge variety of water birds, regularly supporting about 20,000 birds, mostly Anatidae, but including the beautiful 5,000 Roosting Black-Crowned Night Heron. The locality of the lake is preferable for rice production.





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