PRETTY IN PINK

India Today - - UPFRONT -

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.

PRAFUL GANGURDE/GETTY IM­AGES

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