Yesterday I was able to visit the Sewri mudflats which have annual congregation of the flamingos, the bird with pink colouration. There are two types of flamingos in India, namely, lesser flamingo and the larger one the greater flamingo. These both types are native to the indian continent. They reside mostly in Rann of Kutch in
Gujarat and visit Mumbai’s sewri mudflats in the winter months. Though the lesser flamingo outnumber greater flamingo by large number. One can spot the difference by looking at the beak, the lesser flamingo will have a darker beak (black coloured) and the greater flamingo will have more pink beak and less dark.
How to reach Sewri?
The easiest way to reach the mudflats is by railway. Get down at the Serwi station, cross over to the eastern side. Go towards the phatak (railway crossing). The road in front will take you to the mudflats. Walk straight till the road ends and then turn right, it’s a 10-15 mins walk.
Best spot to watch.
The best spot to watch is not the mudflats but the darga , which is just besides the serwri fort. One can also get the same view from the fort too. The flamingos where right in front of the fort when I visited.
Best time to watch.
The best time to watch is 2-3 hours before high tide, so you have to check for the high tide timetable for the day of the visit.