“The migratory birds were sighted by wildlife researcher and avid bird-lover Ramzan Virani at Pandharkawada in Yavatmal district around 8am.
“I was delighted to see the birds near a water body as sighting such a big flock of flamingos is a dream of every birdwatcher. Flamingos mostly breed in Kaccha, Rajasthan, and foothills of Himalaya. This is their back migration period. Sometimes, the birds take a long halt while returning to their native place,” he said. He added the birds usually feed on blue or green algae, planktons and some other organisms.
“Stating that the birds are inhabitants of brackish water, bird expert Dr Anil Pimplapure said that the sighting is both good and bad sign. “As the birds are mostly found in brackish water, it raises a need for serious concern as there are chances that water bodies of the region are converting into brackish water. A sample of these water bodies must be taken to find out why these birds are visiting Vidarbha on and off,” he added.”