PRETTY IN PINK
Avid birdwatchers in Mumbai have been fretting over the arrival of flamingos this winter. According to news reports, the birds— their pink plumage a surreal splash of colour against the grim urban backdrop—have been arriving later and in fewer numbers each year. Flamingo season in the city usually begins around November and the city hosts as many as 30,000 flamingos. This flock was photographed at Thane Creek on January 5. Now that they are here, perhaps the flamingo sanctuary can get its act together and fix the snags that continue to hold up the start of a much-touted ferry service for day-trippers. Mumbai residents are hard to impress, but the flamingos remain an annual delight.