Thursday, December 28, 2006

Watching flamingoes in Sewri

Flamingos return to Sewri for annual visit
Express News Service
Mumbai, November 29: THE feathered visitors are back.

Nearly 10,000 Greater Flamingos and Lesser Flamingos can now be spotted in large groups on the wet and marshy mudflats of Sewri bay.

‘‘No one knows exactly where the flamingos come from at this time of the year. Some experts feel that the birds fly here from the Rann of Kutch, where they normally breed,’’ Isaac Kehimkar, the spokesperson of Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), said.

The birds, he said, are annually seen at Sewri from the beginning of November till the beginning of monsoon next year.

Apart from flamingos, numerous other species including gulls, terns and waders can also be spotted at Sewri.

Flamingo Watching
* HOW TO get THERE? The closest railway station is Sewri on the Harbour line. From Sewri station, hail a taxi to Colgate Factory. Close to the factory, is an area from where the birds can be spotted. Barely 1 km away is another good spot, near the Sewri jetty.
* WHEN’S THE BEST TIME? Preferably early mornings, between high tide and low tide.

On December 12, the BNHS is organising an educational trip to Sewri mudflats for bird-lovers. For details, contact 22843421.

After reading this i went to see the birds to the jetty. alas no birds at all. damn what a waste on X'mas day. poof to that.

am planning on visiting again. let see how it works out.

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