Deepor Beel Wildlife Sanctuary

Deepor Beel is located to the south-west of Guwahati city, in Kamrup district of Assam, India It is a permanent freshwater lake, in a former channel of the Brahmaputra River, to the south of the main river.
It is also called a wetland under the Ramsar Convention which has listed the lake in November 2002, as a Ramsar Site for undertaking conservation measures on the basis of its biological and environmental importance. [15 photos total]

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A Seagull basking in winter morning sun at the Deepor Beel Wildlife Sanctuary in the out skirts of Guwahati city, India, 18 November 2012. Designated as a Ramsar Site in November 2002, the Deepor Beel is a permanent freshwater lake which supports a number of endangered bird species. (EPA/STR) #
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A group of Whistling Tail Ducks is seen among the Giant Water Lilies commonly known as Makhana (Eueyale Ferox) at the Deepor Beel Wildlife Sanctuary on the outskirts of Guwahati city, northeast India, 13 April 2010. Birds like Citrine Wagtail, Whiskered Tern, Cotton Pigmy Goose, Whistling Tail Ducks and many other water birds have gathered in the Deepor Beel Wildlife Sanctuary for breading. The breading season will continue until the months of June-July after which all these water birds migrate to other places. (EPA/STR) #
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An Indian rag picker girls search for material as a group of Greater Adjutant Stork seen in the background at a rubbish dump near Deepor Beel Wildlife Sanctuary on the outskirts of Guwahati city, India, 10 May 2012. Fast vanishing wetlands in and around Guwahati city have now become a major threat for the survival of this species of bird. Guwahati city has the largest concentration of the Greater Adjutant Stork in the world but their numbers are gradually declining due to the loss of wetlands, habitat and declining availability of food. (EPA/STR) #
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MA herd of wild Asiatic elephants make their way down to the Deepor Beel Wildlife Sanctuary in search of food on the outskirts of Guwahati city, northeast India, 21 April 2012. Scarcity of food and illegal encroachment of forest areas has forced these wild elephants to come down to the Wildlife Sanctuary from nearby hills. (EPA/STR) #
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An Indian greater egret takes off from the Deepor Beel Wildlife Sanctuary in the out skirts of Guwahati city, India, 18 November 2012. Designated as a Ramsar Site in November 2002, the Deepor Beel is a permanent freshwater lake which supports a number of endangered bird species. (EPA/STR) #
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A boat man collects fishes that died because of water pollution in the Deepor Beel Wildlife Sanctuary on the outskirts of Guwahati, India, 16 October 2013. (EPA/STR) #
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An Oriental Darter basks in the winter morning sun at the Deepor Beel Wildlife Sanctuary on the outskirts of Guwahati city, India, 18 November 2012. Designated as a Ramsar Site in November 2002, the Deepor Beel is a permanent freshwater lake which supports a number of endangered bird species. (EPA/STR) #
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A pair of Ruddyshell ducks bask in the winter morning sun at the Deepor Beel Wildlife Sanctuary on the outskirts of Guwahati city, India, 18 November 2012. Designated as a Ramsar Site in November 2002, the Deepor Beel is a permanent freshwater lake which supports a number of endangered bird species. (EPA/STR) #
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A pair of Indian Darters bask in the winter morning sun at the Deepor Beel Wildlife Sanctuary on the outskirts of Guwahati city, India, 18 November 2012. Designated as a Ramsar Site in November 2002, the Deepor Beel is a permanent freshwater lake which supports a number of endangered bird species. (EPA/STR) #
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A herd of Asiatic wild elephants searches for food in the Deepor Beel Wildlife Sanctuary on the outskirts of Guwahati, India, 16 October 2013. (EPA/STR) #
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A group of cormorants takes rest at Deepor Beel wetland on the outskirts of Guwahati, India, 16 October 2013. (EPA/STR) #
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A cormorant takes off at Deepor Beel wetland on the outskirts of Guwahati, India, 16 October 2013. (EPA/STR) #
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An Indian woman rag picker searches for material as a group of Greater Adjutant Stork seen in the background at a rubbish dump near Deepor Beel Wildlife Sanctuary on the outskirts of Guwahati city, India, 10 May 2012. Fast vanishing wetlands in and around Guwahati city have now become a major threat for the survival of this species of bird. Guwahati city has the largest concentration of the Greater Adjutant Stork in the world but their numbers are gradually declining due to the loss of wetlands, habitat and declining availability of food. (EPA/STR) #
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A wild Asiatic elephant feeds on water plants in Deepor Beel Wildlife Sanctuary on the outskirts of Guwahati city, northeast India, 21 April 2012. Scarcity of food and illegal encroachment of forest areas has forced these wild elephants to come down to the Wildlife Sanctuary from nearby hills. (EPA/STR) #
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A dead fish floats on the water after dying because of water pollution in the Deepor Beel Wildlife Sanctuary on the outskirts of Guwahati, India, 16 October 2013. (EPA/STR) #

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