Mumbai: Mumbaikars Saturday thronged to Sewri Jetty to catch a glimpse of nearly 15,000 migratory flamingos foraging for food on the mudflats.
The sighting was part of the annual Flamingo Festival organised by Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS). The four-day event opened with the unveiling a lifesize statute of the bird.
"The mudflats, mangroves and creeks where flamingos live are a vital ecosystem which needs to be preserved for the well-being of the city," BNHS director Asad Rahmani said.
"We take this opportunity to once again insist that the proposed Mumbai Trans Harbour Link should be realigned on the Sewri end by about 500 metres to the south so that the flamingo habitat is conserved," he said.
The movements of the flamingos with their long elegant bodies, especially when flying in unison, mesmerised visitors.
Apart from flamingos, other species of resident and migratory birds including herons, egrets, ibises, gulls, terns, plovers, sandpipers and kingfishers were also spotted in large numbers.