The Ankasamudra tank was gaining popularity as a natural bird sanctuary when about 140 species of birds, both local and migratory — Rosy Starlings, painted storks, open billed storks, Northern Shovelors, Northern Pintails, Sand pipers, cormorants, parakeets, egrets, ibis, herons among others — chose it as not only a roosting place but also as a breeding spot.
Also only place in Karnataka where you get to see great indian bustard (GIB)
It is located in Hagaribommanahalli taluk, ballarai District.
It is a dream come true for bird watchers and naturalists of the district after the State Wildlife Board, gave its approval as a bird conservation reserve.
This is the first bird conservation reserve declared in the entire Hyderabad-Karnataka region.
Ankasamudra tank, about two decades ago, was dry and was being encroached upon. To prevent this, the Forest Department planted Acacia Nilotica (Kari jali ).
Over the years, the place, with thorny trees, became a safe spot for local and rare and migratory birds to roost. A couple of years ago, the tank filled up owing to heavy rain and through a special scheme, it remained continuously filled.
As a result, the tank and the thorny trees emerged as a nesting place too. Read more about Ankasamudra Bird Sanctuary
Zone A, Zone B
Tiger was sitting on a log, Leopard with a cub sitting on a tree, Elephants, gaur, sambar, malabar giant squirrel. White bellied woodpecker, crested serpent eagle, green imerial pigeons, streak throated woodpecker and crested hawk eagle. Crocodiles and Rattlesnake.
How to reach?
By Air: Hubli. is the Nearest Airport [165 kms]
By Rail: Nearest railway station is Hospet
By Road: Nearest towns Hampi (47 kms), Chitradurga (120 kms), Hospet (32 kms), Daroji (52 kms)