For Skywatch Friday this week, here are our winged visitors, the flamingoes, seen against the backdrop of the Industrial skyline...
I have always wondered about what it is that brings the Flamingoes to Mumbai, year after year. The city is among the most crowded, a concrete jungle, always in a rush, and not always very hospitable. However, even more baffling is their choice of location - the Sewri mudflats as well as the mangrove forests near the creeks. Neither of these appears, at first glance, like a place birds would flock to. The mangroves are disappearing by t he day, filth is dumped into the creek, and as to the mudflats, they are messier than I had imagined them to be. And yet, the birds come here, year after year, though their numbers do seem to be dwindling. On the other hand, those which do arrive seem to be staying longer. A few years back, they disappeared with the first onset of summer, re-appearing only after the rains were completely over and done with. This year, it is already April, and the birds are still here. And take a look at the place they have chosen.... the shore is almost completely occupied by industries, most of which directly dump their waste into the sea. These photos were clicked during my recent Sewri Walk with the Travel-Logs. The first is the view from the Sewri Jetty, and the second from atop the Sewri Fort. And this is just one bit of the shore that can be seen.
Its indeed a sight which restores our faith in nature... that she can, and manages to hold her own in spite of all obstructions. Its indeed up to us now, to lend her a helping hand..... so that we can keep seeing such wonderful sights for years more.