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Lesser Flamingos in Mumbai

Lesser Flamingos in Mumbai
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Copyright: Subhash Ranjan (sranjan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 489 W: 63 N: 1877] (5784)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-03-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D-200, Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR DX AF-S N, Kenko Digital PL-CIR 67 mm
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-03-21 11:30
Viewed: 4147
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 12
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This is another aerial shot of the incredible creatures at Sewri, Mumbai.

Why would migratory bird colonies choose an area so polluted? Sewri - Mahul is rich in blue-green algae, shrimp and both larvae and adult insects, flamingos’ favorite food. The mudflats and Sewri - Mahul area are preferred also because security-sensitive companies surround them from all sides. And mangroves act as a buffer, giving them a sense of protection.


The human-flamingo relationship has existed for many centuries. Flamingos were considered a delicacy in ancient Rome and are believed to having medicinal properties to cure tuberculosis. The word ‘flamingo’ has roots in the Latin word for flame or fire; the bird is called by local names like ‘Flame bird’ in English and ‘Agni Pankh’ in Hindi. Non-migratory by nature, changes in the climate and rising water levels have forced flamingo colonies to relocate to more comfortable habitats.

Experts believe Flamingos migrated to India from Africa and settled in the Rann of Kutch around two decades ago. Mumbai is home to two species of flamingo – the Greater Flamingo and the Lesser Flamingo (95 percent of the flamingo population in the Sewri - Mahul area is of the latter variety).

Classifying flamingos is a problem that had always puzzled ornithologists because their physical characteristics are like storks, eggs are like those of herons and their behavior like geese, all of which belong to different bird families.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-03-21 17:02]

Hi Subhash,

This must have been the most amazing sight!! I get excited if I see one or two Flamingoes - and I have never seen them in the wild. I can't imagine seeing this many at one time. A great shot with them in so many different positions. They are small but well detailed and beautifully colored.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-03-21 23:58]

Hi Subhas

A highly effective (and I return the compliment) National Geographic quality shot of these flamingoes.

I was not aware that Lesser Flamingoes ventured as far south as Mumbai.

Great work.

Best wishes


PS I have had a couple of shots published by National Geographic - they do not, however, pay well!

Hallo Subhash
Such a lovely view of these group of flamingo's, each one doing their own business but each one just as beautiful as the other. I really like the individual poses and characteristics of each one of them, but must say the wide opened wingspan of the birds looking at them from above is really beautiful. They have lovely and prominent features that are well seen and displayed, even from afar. It is a great scene, an impressive image filled with brightly colours and details. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Again on my backlegs after battling for 10 weeks some mysterious tropical disease,I now can look and admire your wonderful portfolio.

I wish, I could give you sixty points - I wish I could shout to all member HEY LOOK!

How can 174 members look at this marvel and only three bothered to put "pen to paper" and write a comment.

I have seen many flamingos in the Okavango - but unfortunately not from the air. Youy image is breathtaking!!

I am usually a person, content with my life - but I really envie you for the opportunities you have to se scenes like the one depiceted above!

I am running ou of exclamation marks :-)
and add this scene to my favorites.

Enjoy your flights - and please - share with us poor earthlings some more of your wonderful experiences. Thank you.

Best wishes

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  • izida Silver Star Critiquer [C: 47 W: 0 N: 0] (1232)
  • [2010-06-29 9:04]

Merhaba Subhash
Cok guzel bir manzara yakalamissiniz..
Netligi ile etkiliyeci
Elinize saglik

Dear Subhashji,

This is a wonderful photo presenting bird hosting at Mumbai,India.

Looking forward more from you,


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