Thursday, June 13, 2013

Flamingos in Chennai

Flamingos in Chennai
I guess this is the first time flamingos visiting Chennai’s water body or for me to get know first. But once I come to see the pictures of flamingos standing on Pallikaranai Marsh in Flickr (last month), I was quite surprised and couldn't wait checking the wetland other day to see them alive. I have seen a flamingo during my boat ride on Pulicat Lake but it was just a glance and it fly past quickly across the sky.

Flamingos migrate usual to Pulicat Lake on the border of Tamil Nadu-Andhra Pradesh and PointCalimere in Nagapattinam District, that too only during winter seasons. But it was amazing to see flamingos brushing their nose in large numbers, amid extreme summer heat of Chennai! Thought man itself finding tough to complete the summer phase, I wonder how they manage the summer heat.

The pictures here are captured by my cousin who accompanied me during the Pallikaranai marsh visit and we drive past the Solinganallur-Pallavaram stretch checking a flock of flamingos standing amid the freshwater swamp. The birds where almost white in color with pale pink feathers on wings, to tall grasses and emerging buildings background. I really missed the opportunity to check them closer through binocular which I forget to bring along with me, but I got content images through my Canon Powershot and also view at closer.  

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Glossy Ibis... i guess
Glossy Ibis... i guess

18 comments:

Optimistic Existentialist said...

You know, I've only seen flamingos once in my entire life - in St. Augustine Florida when I was a little kid. They are such beautiful birds!!

ladyfi said...

What a wonderful sight! Such lovely shots too.

Jyoti Mishra said...

aww they r so sweet

George said...

These are wonderful photos of the flamingos. It must have been a real thrill to see so many at one time.

TexWisGirl said...

how neat to see the flocks there. :)

geeth said...

Nice shots!

Meoww said...

These are beautiful shots! It is wonderful to see exotic birds in Chennai

Betsy Adams said...

Wow---so many Flamingos... Great group of photos, Jeevan. Thanks for sharing.
Hugs,
Betsy

Krishna/കൃഷ്ണ said...

Great info with beautiful photos

thanks jeevan

Destination Infinity said...

So the take over of pallikaranai marsh by forest department (and declaring it as a protected forest land) seems to be working. Good :)

Destination Infinity

Ercotravels said...

Wow, serene and cool pictures! Amazing flamingos herd!

KK said...

Never seen flamingoes, maybe I will get the chance someday.

Pattu Raj said...

How Nice. Lucky to see them.

Nice photographs . Thanks for sharing.

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

This looks like it was a fun trip and you got some great photos of the flamingos. I don't have flamingos nearby, and think I've only seen them once in my life - so pretty!

Rajesh said...

Wonderful shots. It is delight to see these birds.

Indrani said...

What great sights! Love these captures.

eden said...

Beautiful shots.

Rakesh Vanamali said...

Absolutely, absolutely, marvelous!

Thank you!