While the entire city is under lockdown, flamingos are having the time of their lives! They’ve been spotted flocking about in our city! It is believed that due to the lack of human movement, the birds are getting an opportunity to migrate and get access to food.
The Bombay Natural History Society stated that they had already recorded a 25% increase in comparison to the previous year. The birds are spreading to wetlands and expanding anywhere they go.
While speaking to CNN, Rahul Khot, assistant director at the Bombay Natural History Society stated that flamingos in wetlands are a rare sight, but they’re migrating there this year. Their migration period is usually from September through May.
Areas including Thane creek and Talawe wetland that normally are busy with construction and fishing are now breeding grounds for these birds.
Last year a record of 134,000 flamingos were recorded in the city. This year has already recorded 125,000 flamingos before the tracking was disrupted due to the lockdown.