23 Feb 2012

Bhandup (E)

Counting Burds. Not Crows.

Bird lovers from the Mumbai are counting the bird species in the their backyard these days. They have been divided into groups and regions are will take stock of how many species are left for us to kill.

It's called HSBC Bird Race 2012 It's on 26th Feb. All over Mumbai.

Read a report report on one such group from Dombivli in Mumbai Mirror.

These images are from the nameless lake behind the giant sewage treatment plant near Bhandup Pumping Station. It's off EE Highway. Right now, you will find a lot of adolescent Flamingos, Spoonbills and many other species.

If you love birds, You probably go and try to get invisible here. It's worth it!

Our best friends, the stray dogs come here to hunt. Some men come here too, and I guess it's to wash their bums after soiling the place.

This is mangrove territory. Once upon a time, the wild forest stretched from the Creek all the way to what is now Sanjay Gandhi National Park. Unique because it stretched from the sea to the hills.

Today you can see the same only in one place in this part of the world. Across the waterbody from Ghodbunder Road in Thane.

We will soon find ways to kill that too. Maybe a nice plan called Nehru or Rajiv National Urban Home Scheme or some such vote garnering trick. Or maybe something called Tata Nano Homes.

But don't worry. What exists is protected by this concrete lump with the names of some old forgotten Ministers and Babus.

And thank you Mumbaikars. Our shit provides all the necessary nutrients required for the health of our mangroves.


Prajna said...

Great post. And I cant say enough of your photographic eye!

Slogan Murugan aka M S Gopal said...

Thank you. When one sees interesting light and colours, click. Then find a nice connecting story.

Radha said...

Nice find! And great images as always :)

Sanchia said...

The light is fantastic. Makes me seriously miss the horizon... maybe an early morning out of town drive is in order.

Slogan Murugan aka M S Gopal said...

I found these within the city limits :)

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