They love the sun feed on algae and are pink. The flamingos are back in Mumbai for their annual migration. Thousands of flamingos have flocked to the brackish water at Mumbai’s Sewri Mahul mudflats after having flown all the way from Gujarat. The birds that breed in Kutch. Gujarat migrate to Mumbai every year to escape the winter. This time around it is estimated that around 20000 flamingoes have paid their visit to Mumbai. This area besides a few others in Mumbai are rich in algae insect larvae and diatoms which the birds love to feed on. To watch this spectacle and learn more about the city’s seasonal visitors Bombay Natural History Society along with Mumbai Port trust organized the Flamingo festival.
Mumbaikars flocked to see the sight of a thousand pink flamingos that loookedlike dots on the sprawling brown plain set against a harsh back drop of smoke and steel structures a chemical fertilizer factory two oil refinerises and a thermal power plant.
At the festival there were several BNHS bird experts and volunteers who spoke about the birds and their migration to the visitors. The children especially seemed to love the binocular and spotting scopes that were available to get a closer view of the elegant birds. There were also other activities organized like face painting tattoos measure your span against that of birds like Indian Bustard and Siberian Crane which turned the event into a carnival.
Public engagement is essential because when people observe nature first hand it is always exciting . and through nature education opinion building occurs among the public which then leads to conservation feels Atul sathe of BNHS.
For brothers waqi and Eibaad Quershi of stds VI and VII respectively this was their second visit to the flamingo festival. They say they love the sight of so many birds at once in one place and have learnt a lot about the flamingoes as a result of their visits. What do they like most about the birds? Their colour they say in unison.