By Arré Bench Apr. 20, 2020
Mumbai was surprised this weekend to see a flamboyance of flamingos grace parts of Navi Mumbai, Thane creek, and Vasai. While it isn’t uncommon for the pink birds to descend on the island, the rise is attributed to the drop in sound and noise pollution.
In the last few weeks social distancing norms have been in place in most parts of the country, and indeed, the world. But as social media is reminding us the same rules don’t apply to wildlife, which has been using this time away from humans to thrive.
The latest instance of this was seen in Mumbai, a city not as known for its flora and fauna as much as its snaking traffic jams.
Residents of the city were understandably surprised this weekend to see a flamboyance of flamingos grace parts of Navi Mumbai, Thane creek and Vasai.
— Raveena Tandon (@TandonRaveena) April 18, 2020
Stunning photos and videos, showing the birds gracing Mumbai’s backwaters in large numbers, were shared widely on social media.
While humans are locked inside, flamingos are putting in quite a spectacular show for the residents of Seawoods Complex in Nerul, Navi Mumbai ! pic.twitter.com/wYyIxo92Ch
— Harsh Goenka (@hvgoenka) April 16, 2020
While it isn’t uncommon for the pink birds to descend on the island, the sheer number that appeared this year caught the attention of locals and forest officials alike.
Flamingos painting the city 'Pink' at the Wetlands in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR).
DYK ~ The word ‘flamingo’ comes from the Spanish word ‘flamenco’ meaning fire, which refers to the bright pink or orange colour of the feathers.
© Pratik Chorge pic.twitter.com/eaiKF8DxVx
— Ankit Kumar, IFS (@AnkitKumar_IFS) April 19, 2020
The Range forest officer of Thane creek attributed this rise, in Mumbai Mirror, to the drop in sound and noise pollution. The same article quotes a local fisherman as saying he had never seen these many birds on Panju island (a small landmass in Vasai creek) before.