Ahoy Flamingo!

Flamingos feeding at Sewri Mudflats

The Flamingos are here!!!
Don't miss the opportunity to see these birds who are presently visiting the wetlands in our city.

Photo Credit: Pritesh Nandvikar
Every year, to avoid the harsh winters of north India, greater and lesser flamingos migrate for a couple of months (between November to February) towards the coasts of central and southern India. These unique and iconic birds are also known for their strange feeding habits. They eat with their heads upside down! There is an interesting reason why they do so. Flamingos are filter feeders, i.e., they have spiny filter plates in their beaks which they move side by side sieving out the water and take in various small crustaceans, mollusks, fish and insects.

Facts about the Flamingos found in India:
Greater Flamingos (Phoenicopterus roseus) are the largest and the most widespread species of flamingos in the world. While, Lesser Flamingos (Phoenicopterus minor) are the smallest and the most numerous species of flamingos in the world.

There are talks about Mumbai getting its own Flamingo Sanctuary that will be situated alongside the Thane creek. Local NGOs and Bird Conservationists have already proposed this idea to the Forest Department. The implementation of such a sanctuary will be one of a kind for our city and it will also assure a promising future for the flamingos and many other birds that visit the city. 

Best locations to look out for flamingos in the city would be Sewri Mudflats, Vasai Creek, Mahul Creek and in wetland habitats near Uran and Naigaon.

Photo Credit: GreenLine team member -Aristo
Seen recently at Sewri Mudfalts in January 2013

Bird Race at Jamnagar - A Nature Lover's Delight!

Firstly, here's wishing all of you a Happy 'Green' Year from the GreenLine team.

We recently participated in the inaugural Saevus Bird Race 2012 at Jamnagar, Gujarat and also went on to win it by identifying 155 different species of birds within twelve hours! We also got the opportunity to visit Khijadia Bird Sanctuary, Narara Marine National Park, Lakhota Lake, Ranjit Sagar Dam and many other bird watching hotspots during the bird race..

During winter, migratory birds flock to Jamnagar every year, and this time wasn't an exception either. The variety of birds that can be seen in and around Jamnagar exceeds 300 different species.

Are you also interested in bird-watching, but hesitant to travel too far? Here's a surprise for you - there are ample amount of bird watching hotspots near Mumbai itself where you can get a chance to see many of these birds. The Sewri Mudflats is one such place, and now would be the best time to visit it. At any given day during winter, you are bound to see egrets, gulls, godwits, herons, ibis, kingfishers, kites, sandpipers, stints, terns and of course, the iconic flamingos. Here's a tip - if you want to see the birds closest to the shores, then the best time to visit would be just a couple of hours before high tide.

Here are some of the birds that we came across during our stay in Jamnagar-

Seagull frenzy at Lakhota Lake

Lakhota Lake - An ideal place for leisure bird-watching.

Lesser Sand Plover at Narara Marine National Park

Coppersmith Barbet near Ranjit Sagar Dam

Dunlins at Narara Marine National Park

The Photogenic Bird - Grey Heron at Khijadia Bird Sanctuary

Common Pochard stretches its wings at Lakhota Lake

Ruddy Turnstone at Narara Marine National Park

Western Reef Egret in the winter mornings at Khijadia Bird Sanctuary

A large number of waders seen in the mornings at Khijadia Bird Sanctuary

Spot-billed Ducks seen at Lakhota Lake

Western Marsh Harrier seen at Khijadia Bird Sanctuary

Common Teals at Khijadia Bird Sanctuary

Pied Avocets at Khijadia Bird Sanctuary

Flock of Flamingoes seen near Narara Marine Natinal Park

A large number of Demoiselle Cranes seen at Khijadia Bird Sanctuary

Oriental white-eye - You must have already figured out how the bird got its name!
Seen at Khijadia Bird Sanctuary