The record number of flamingos flocking to India’s largest financial center has made the water here glow with pink in the evening.
When humans are isolated to avoid spreading corona virus, animals have time to return to their world. By the time millions of Indians were indoors, hundreds of thousands of flamingos had flooded and dyed the country’s Mumbai city.
In fact, since the 1980s, the flamingos have migrated to Mumbai between October and March to feed and return here during the breeding season from May to October each year.
But this year, residents here are witnessing a record number of flamingos landing in this city. The absence of humans has allowed these giant birds to roam freely on the mudflats on the banks of Thane Creek. The images shared by users on social networks show that hundreds of thousands of birds float on the water and make the lake glow bright pink at night.
A report from the Bombay Natural History Society estimates that the number of flamingos migrating to the city this year increased by 25% compared to last year. According to the agency, some 150,000 flamingos make a historic trip to Mumbai to feed while humans are indoors.
“The main reason for such a large number of birds is the newly arrived birds, after a successful breeding season from two years ago.” Deepak Apte, director of BNHS, told the Hindustan Times. “Besides, the blockade is giving these birds space to rest, not be bothered while looking for food and a general improvement in their habitat.”
According to Rahul Khot, assistant director of BNHS, these flamingos are likely to stay longer than usual due to heavy rains and perhaps an increase in domestic sewage, which will make food easier. A little bit more for these giant birds.
“While industrial waste declines during the blockade, the domestic sewage stream is helping to form plankton, algae and benthic organisms, forming food for flamingos and other species. another flooded bird. ” Mr. Khot adds.
While the birds are waving freely in the outside world, humans can’t go out to see them, so residents here have to temporarily be content with enjoying this unique setting from Your home balcony and take them with your camera.
“The blockade at least reminds people to pay attention to what is around them, things that they consider to be so obvious that they are ignored, and hope that the area will soon be declared a protected area. bird survival. ” Suni Agarwal, a Mumbai resident told the Hindustan Times.