April 03, 2013
The Sewri jetty is said to be the prime spot for flamingo watching, as well as many other specices of birds that are attracted to the mudflats. But according to the BNHS, this annual treat may soon be a thing of the past. Dumping of garbage, urban development and destruction of mangroves could damage the habitat completely. This year, an estimated 10,000 flamingos flew into the city. Every year this number varies between 8,000 to 11,000 but unchecked dumping of garbage along stretches of mangroves in the city has bird lovers concerned.
Greater flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus). Photo by Yathin S Krishnappa.
"But the biggest threat to Sewri comes from the proposed Nhava Sheva sea link, which will run straight through the mudflats. This will destroy the mudflats where flamingos and many other migratory birds feed," said Dr Asad R Rahmani, director, BNHS.
However if this sea link is moved by a few metres, this jetty could be saved and flamingos will continue to grace the city with their presence.