Muzaffargarh in Winter, Punjab, Pakistan - January 2011
In summer the Indus plains of the Punjab can be very green and hot but in winter it can hit minus and the sun may not even shine during the middle. There are many natural and artifical areas of swamps and marshes in the Muzaffargarh and Dera Ghazi Khan area which encourage a host of water birds to congregate here. Even the smallest of pools can be very important for birds as well as the expanses of larger bodies of water. The habitats ot only attract summer breeders but many winter migrants too. Summer breeders regularly seen here include Great White Egret, Intermediate Egret, Little Egret, Cattle Egret, Grey Heron, Purple Heron, Indian Pond Heron, Green-backed Heron, Pied Kingfisher, White-throated Kingfisher, Indian Shag, Painted Snipe, Little Cormorant, Purple Swamphen, Moorhen, White-breasted Waterhen, Black-winged Stilt, Large-Pied Wagtail and Indian River Tern are just some of the more common breeders.
In the winter migrants come from as far as Europe and Siberia and can include Marsh Sandpipers, Wood Sandpipers, White-tailed Lapwings, Green Sandpipers, Marsh Harrier, Osprey, Coot, Bluethroat, Red-crested Pochard, Pallas Gulls as well as many other birds from all the families.