Let me confess at the outset of this blog that Iam no avid bird watcher nor a creature who can tell a difference between a parrot or parakeet.But whenever I used to see this lovely pictures of Pink Flamingos which my friends kept posting on FB I felt a pang of losing out on something and which ultimately prompted me to visit Sewri Mudflats. "Ab bechara Flamingo Siberia se Mumbai tak udkar aata hai, Toh kya mai mumbai me rahkar usko milne nahi ja sakta, Boss jana toh banta hai akhir me woh hamra mehman hai "
I called up my friend Pooja and asked her if she could join me, to my surprise she readily agreed (I think she hates to get up early), Both of us took an early train from Andheri to Sewri Station.
|Walking from end of platform towards railway level crossing|
|Railway crossing at the end of platform|
|From here just go across the road straight to reach Sewri Mudflats|
|Lonely roads and Eerie feelings|
|Right turn from this T junction|
|Rising Sun welcoming us from behind the anchored boat|
|Early morning ambience|
|Anchored boat and rising sun|
|Flamingos appears as small specks in distant |
(mind you even this photo is zoomed one)
|Flamingos Atlast !|
Looking at this wonderful bird it's hard to believe that it covers a very long journey starting from Siberia to the tidal flats of Mumbai.However before touching the coast they go to Rann of Kutch,where their breeding cycle commences viz.mating,nesting,laying eggs and finally its hatching.
By Sanctuary status,it will mean that fishing will be banned in mudflats,there will be regular patrolling by forest guards which environmentalist feel will put an end to illegal activities including hunting of migratory birds.
Now that you have come for Flamingo watch let me get you few important information
|1. During the peak season of Jan /Feb the population of flamingos reaches 15000 to 20000 only at sewri Mudflats.|
|2.Other than Sewri these pretty birds can also be seen at mangroes/swamps of Vikroli, Bhandup, Airoli, Thane and Vashi.|
|3. Apart from Flamingos Sewri mudflats gets more than 150 bird species viz. shanks,sandpiper,stint gulls,egrets and herons to name few.|
4. Flamingos feed on brine shrimp and blue green algae.Their beaks are specially adapted to separate mud from silt from the food they eat .
|Birds flying away|
How in a congested city of Mumbai, Nature and Industrial growth can co-exist. With these thought I left the place with a promise to come again. Indeed it was a pleasurable morning with so many birds to watch.
|Pooja and Myself|
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Special thanks to my dear friend Amol for allowing me to use his picture.