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Flamingos at Sewri Bay, Mumbai

posted Jun 21, 2011, 9:06 AM by Jayashree Mishra   [ updated Sep 17, 2011, 11:58 PM by sandip mishra ]

I have lived in Mumbai for over 10 years. Last December when Sandip came over to Mumbai he mentioned that he wanted to visit this place in Sewri, where flamingos are seen in plenty. For a moment I did not believe him, I had never heard about it. I found it hard to believe that the dull, dreary and polluted bay surrounded by refineries, slums and dumping gounds was host to such colourful and beautiful birds. We made our first trip in December which was a disappointment, the birds had not yet arrived. All that we managed to see were some waders.After that I have had 3 trips to Sewri and I just cant get enough of it. In the various trips we have sighted flamingos, terns, gulls, herons, stilts, godwits, common redshanks, sandpiper, plover and egrets.

 

Every year thousands of greater and lesser flamingos travel from the Rann of Kutch to the  mudflats of Sewri. The wetlands here attract various kinds of birds of which the pink flamingos are the most prominent.

 

The best time of the year to visit is December to March. Bird lovers and the port authorities have tried to maintain the place by planting mangroves and controlling pollution. The closest station is the Sewri station and by road you need to reach the Sewri station and then take the Sewri Koliwada road to the bay.

Numerous waders, gulls and hoards of pink flamingos definitely make it one of the best birding spots of Western India. So head out with your cameras, binoculars, check out times of low tide (you wont be able to view the waders otherwise) and some food and drinks and enjoy an early morning bird watching session.