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Mumbai witnesses 25 per cent increase in flamingo migration

This year, as per Bombay Natural History Society (BHNS), close to 1.5 lakh birds were spotted in the first week of April itself and these put up a spectacular show for the residents of a housing complex in Nerul.

Mumbai witnesses 25 per cent increase in flamingo migration
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Due to the coronavirus pandemic in India, PM Modi announced nationwide lockdown, which is now extended until May 3, 2020. People across the country have been confined within their homes and with the lockdown being extended, most of us might have not been excited about it but the animals are better off currently on empty streets with no man to disturb them. 

In a similar instance in Mumbai, flamingos were spotted at a water body near Navi Mumbai. These majestic pink-feathered creatures put up a spectacular show for the residents of a housing complex in Nerul. In a recent update, the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) said that there has been a 25 per cent increase in flamingo migration since 2019 when 1.2 lakh birds had arrived in the island city. This year, as per BHNS, close to 1.5 lakh birds were spotted in the first week of April itself.

The society pointed out that the increase had been witnessed due to the lower human activity in areas like Sewri, Thane Creek and the Talawe wetlands, comprising the NRI Complex, Seawoods and TS Chanakya in Navi Mumbai. Usually, there is construction work going on in these areas but with a lockdown in place, the flamingos have found ideal conditions for themselves to roam around these places.

Deepak Apte, director of BNHS told The Print that due to the wetland destruction and developmental activities across several areas of the eastern seafront, larger bird flocks would get squeezed into smaller pockets like in Navi Mumbai.

Earlier last week, this is how the Twitterati reacted to the wonderful event:

Over the years, the migration of flamingos had been hindered in the area due to human activities. But as the lockdown was in place, the water body was flooded with the beautiful pink birds.

While the lockdown may have adversely affected the economy along with other human activities, it surely has given mother nature, the time it requires to heal itself. After all, every cloud has a silver lining and with the lockdown in place, mother nature can breathe again.

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