Flamingos Flock at Mumbai: for Loots
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|Today I had to do something new. So I decided to fly over Sewri Mud-flats in Mumbai to see these incredible birds' aerial view. Yes, these are "Lesser Flamingos". I was very happy to see them healthy despite of polluted murky sea water all around them in Mumbai. I dedicate this aerial photograph of flamingos to none other than my friends from South Africa; Loots.|
Mumbai is never short when it comes to surprises. Another nice surprise is the arrival of beautiful flamingos in this highly polluted and crowded metropolis. The huge expanse of colourless mud flats in Sewri glow with the arrival of countless pink lesser flamingos. For 6 months this area gets a look of an exotic bird sanctuary. They are coming to Mumbai since 90s and stay on these mudflats from October to March. Mumbai Port Trust are taking initiatives to maintain the ecosystem for these guests.
Currently these flamingos are in news as plans for the construction of Sewri-Navi Mumbai bridge are taking shape. Environmentalists are voicing their concerns as they see a total destruction of this habitat.
The Lesser Flamingo (Phoenicopterus minor) is a species in the flamingo family of birds that resides in Africa (principally in the Great Rift Valley) and in Southern Asia. Birds are occasionally reported from further North, but these are generally considered to be escapees.
The Lesser Flamingo is the smallest and most numerous flamingo, probably numbering up to two million individual birds. They generally weigh 4.5 lb (2.0 kg), are 3 ft long, stand 3 ft 3 in (0.99 m) tall, and have a wingspan of 3 ft 3 in (0.99 m).
Most of the plumage is pinkish white. The clearest difference between this species and Greater Flamingo, the only other Old World species, is the much more extensive black on the bill. Size is less helpful unless the species are together, since the sexes of each species also differ in height.
This species feeds primarily on Spirulina, an algae which grows only in very alkaline lakes. Although blue-green in colour, the bacteria contains the photosynthetic pigments that gives the birds their pink colour. Their deep bill is specialised for filtering tiny food items. The lesser flamingo also feeds on shrimp.
Lesser Flamingos are predated on by a variety of species including Marabou Storks, Baboons, African Fish Eagles and Wildcats.
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i love the aerial POV that gives this image of the Flamingos
with full of dynamism, and in the same time graphism over
the water with the birds wings open pose, TFS
Wow..... this is absolutely amazingly beautiful aerial capture of a flamingo flock while escaping, forming a wonderful texture on the sea surface MF! Also great dedication to our friends MR & MRS LOOT!
Well done! and TFS!
Have a great WE MF DR. Subhash!
- [2010-03-19 11:45]
Waw...what a privilege to you to see the world upper!
You have the opportunity to chat a great shot, like this!
Again last in the queue to leave a note on a photo dedicated to us, but the saying goes rather late than never. Thanks for sharing this wonderful image as part of a dedication to me and Loot. It is such a colourful and friendly image, and saying that I also want to thank you your friendship that you share amongst fellow members on the site. It is always a pleasure to read your critiques, not only for the times you stop by my own images, but also by the ones you leave at fellow members photos. This is such a lively looking image, with striking and prominent details and colours galore. The selection of colours in this image is really eye-catching, and looking at each individual bird is very fascinating. It was a great pleasure to stop by such a gorgeous view. Best regards.
- [2010-03-26 10:50]
Hello Subhash! Very nice vision of this flock over the water. The textures and colors are fantastic, great pov! Well done!
- [2010-04-14 4:49]
As they sometimes say in rugby terms, when someone delivered a late tackle on another player; "The tackle was so late that if it was any later it would have been after the game". Well I'm feeling like this critique is so late that if it was any later these Lesser Flamingos would have flown away. Sorry my friend.
How fortunate you are to quickly jump in your plane and go for an aerial reconnaissance and then be able to capture images like this. A slightly busy image though, but what else is to be expected when 69 flamingos simultaneously takes off and leave their runoff impressions on the water surface which then causes numerous, bright highlight streaks on the wavy water surface. So where are those photographers who proudly display their in-flight images? I bet there's not many of those who can boast with this number of birds in-flight in one shot. Well done my friend and thanks for the interesting information contained in your notes. Thanks also for the honour of the dedication, thus spoiling us rotten, once again, like so many times you've done before. You are a great friend and highly appreciated.
Take care and best regards.