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Currently nearly 70% of the lake has been filled up

SEASONAL VISITORS: Birds from different parts of the world have begun flocking to Vedanthangal.

CHENNAI: Passionate bird-watchers seem to have a lot to look forward to this season. The Vedanthangal birds sanctuary, about 90 km south of Chennai, was opened up for visitors on Monday.

Cormorants and darters have completed the second round of breeding at the Vedanthangal birds sanctuary, near Chengalpattu. Wildlife authorities say there is no recent record of second cycle of breeding carried out by these two bird species at the sanctuary. They attribute two factors, which made the avifauna go for the second cycle of breeding: availability of food and the rain in March.