A little over a week ago, a breathtaking clip showing a massive flamboyance of flamingoes wading through a shallow water body in Tamil Nadu left netizens wowed.
Supriya Sahu, Principal Secretary of Environment Climate Change and Forests of Tamil Nadu, shared the clip on Twitter.
Now, a drone camera has managed to capture visuals of a massive flamingoes’ nesting area in the Rann of Kutch.
The clip shows thousands of eggs atop small mounds in the vast nesting area. The drone starts slowly but soon picks up the pace to cover the entire area.
The clip presents only a 16-second preview of the nesting area that happens to be in Ghudhkar National Park.
“Beautiful pictures have emerged from Rann of Kutch. Thousands of migratory birds flock to this area in the winter season. Flamingoes have laid eggs and the pictures are interesting. The whole area is known as Gudhkar national park,” read the tweet (translated from Hindi).
कच्छ के छोटे रण से खुबसूरत तस्वीरें आई है।
ठण्ड के इस मौसम में विदेशो से हजारो पक्षी इस इलाके में आते है।
सुर्खाब,फ्लेमिंगो ने अंडे दिए है उसकी तस्वीरे दिलचस्प है।
दरअसल पूरा इलाका घुडखर अभ्यारण के तौर पर जाना जाता है।@ParveenKaswan @GujForestDept @ronakdgajjar @Kaushikdd pic.twitter.com/FV3SiQO95w
The video was originally shared on Twitter by journalist Janak Dave and then retweeted by Dev Choudhary, IAS officer and District Development Officer (DDO) of Rajkot.
The clip has garnered close to 23k views. While many said it was a very rare thing to capture, others were of the opinion that drone movement adversely affects flamingoes.
Flamingoes are not native to India. They are mostly distributed throughout the Americas and native to Africa, Asia, and Europe. But recently, a flamboyance of migratory flamingoes was spotted at Point Calimere Wildlife and Bird Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu’s Kodiakarai.
The large birds have an unusual posture as they usually stand on one leg with the other leg being tucked beneath their body. Although the reason for this is not fully understood, many experts believe that standing on one leg allows the birds to conserve more body heat.
Flamingoes are quite big in size but they are capable flyers. They usually feed on brine shrimp, blue-green algae, insect larvae, small insects as well as molluscs.