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Sewri – a neighbourhood towards South Mumbai, has a jetty cum dock which is home to thousands of Flamingo’s from November to March. These pink feathered beauties are migratory birds that come from Siberia to the mud flats in Sewri via the Rann of Kutch in Gujarat.
Declared as a protected area, Sewri Jetty has a few mangrove swamps, creeks and mudflats that attract a large number of lesser flamingos, sometimes around 1,00,000, every year. The flamingoes migrate from the Rann of Kutch during winters for breeding and to feed on the algae here. A large number of bird watchers flock to this site to observe this bird species along with the herons, egrets, ibises, gulls, terns, plovers, and sandpipers.
India is home to two types of flamingo’s from a total of 6 recognized around the world – the Greater Flamingo and the Lesser Flamingo. Both types can be seen at the Sewri jetty during the migratory season. Along with flamingos, other birds like the Greater Spotted Eagle, Sandpiper, Heron and Black Bellied Tern are also seen in unison.
The Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), is one of the environmental NGO’s that is making efforts to create awareness about this place and its conservation. The Flamingo festival is organized each year by the BNHS with exhibitions, book stalls, Bird tattoo stalls, souvenir shops and nature conservation workshops for visitors. They also do occasional tours and nature trails to the jetty.
Best Time to Visit - November to March
The best time to see these mesmerizing feathered creatures is during low tide or just few hours before high tide.