Monday, January 6, 2014

Flamingo festival at Sulurpeta, Nellore district, A.P without Flamingos

I used to visit Nelapattu, Pulicat areas every year since 10 years in the months of November or December or Early January. This year I could not find any flamingo in the area.
Grey pelicans at nest
2016: Because of sever drought and for some reasons the birds visit this year is almost zero till Dec 10. There is no water in the main lake where the birds rest on trees. 
Even pelicans and Ibis are also not found in the near villages. Don't get disappointed. It needs conservation of marshlands in the area, Because of industrialization and pollution in the surrounding areas is the main reason, besides over utilization of resources. A strong administrative action is needed to protect the natural resources of Pulicat lake. the second biggest backwater lake in South India.
Please listen to the birds with an understanding mind.
In a world of selfish souls, with unknown inconvenience
I listened to the prayer songs of men and chirps of birds  
A pained prayer from the Earth to angels of serene blue skies;
“The poisoned men learn to fly like us in search of Heavens
With greed, discontent and cruelty, light the flames of death
Rise trepidation in the holy heaven; we lost all our mirth
For the water is poisoned; air is polluted, trees are fell down
Our rhythm, melodies and colours are lost, terror is sown
With great flying machines; from the tiny sparrows to divine
Hawks never returned to their nests once tasted the man’s dine
Oh, my lord! Hari! Chakra pani! Cut off the ugly heads of humans
Protect us from the dominant cruel men, for, we never ask for riches
Or power to rule, or any profit except a place to live in; for you are the Lord”
Quills in different colours fell like tears from above with pain! I am ashamed!
In Hindu mythology Lord Vishnu is also known as Hari, he rides on Eagle, a bird; his weapon is Sudarshana Chakra-A wheel; he cuts the heads of demons with this weapon only.  
Nelapattu is one of the largest habitats for pelicans in Southeast Asia, and a home to many native and migratory birds. We visited Nelapattu, Vedurupattu, Pulicat (Atakanitippa), Bheemunivari palem Irukkam, and Kuppam villages. Nelapattu is a village in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh . The sanctuary can be reached from N. H 5 at Doravari satram. From this point it is 3 km  to Nelapattu sanctuary. There is a direction from NH5 high way. They charge Rs.50 per car, and 100 for bus, Rs. 2 for head, Rs.50 per camera, pay and keep the tickets with you. Only at the time of festival the roads, other facilities work, in other days we have to suffer a little. Sometimes no one to answer.  At Nelapattu in the centre of the lake few Barringtonnia trees, and Prosopis trees are there, the birds nests on the trees. You can have a feast to your eyes. More images are posted in my
We also visited Vedurupattu-Agrahaaram villages; there is a direction on the NH5, the road is a katcha mud-gravel road, many ups and downs, your car may be damaged, once you enter the road no directions, no one answers to the queries. Few storks and herons are observed, on the way sparrows, Koel, egret, Parrots, pond herons, Bulbul, jungle mynas are seen here and there.
Black headed white ibis

We proceeded to Bheemunivaari palem harbour, there is no sign in the NH5, there is only one small passenger boat runs between Bheemunivaaripalem, and the Irukkam islands. Timings to island, at 2.00Pm it returns. If you wanted to hire they charge Rs.1000 per boat, some times they may not be available, better inquire and go with pre-information. But our pains go waste as we could not spot out not even a single flamingo, the local people said this year the birds did not visited this place. We returned with great disappointment, we visited Atakaani thippa(Pulicat wild life sanctuary) and lake, we could see only Egrets, Painted storks, open billed storks in the area.
A deer park and bird cages are there at Nelapattu.
Note: It is an important wild life habitat highly useful for wildlife oriented tourism. The uniqueness of the sanctuary lies in the additional features that are offered. The environmental education centre, the museum, the library offers information for those who are interested in the subject. Tourists can spend some time in the library reading about the different species of birds and animals. The Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary and Pulicat bird Sanctuary  offers an auditorium which is well equipped with audio-visual systems for seminar and discussions. Watch towers are built at the road side near Atakanithippa. Binoculars are provided for bird watching. Guides from the forest department also help the visitors in spotting the birds.
Asian Open bill stork

The model of the lake and a pond ecosystem was exhibited. Models of Pelicans and other important birds are also noted. The mollusks, available in the area are also exhibited. Medicinal plants and other useful plants available in the area are also exhibited. The life stages of the birds are also exhibited. In the sanctuary the list of birds with their scientific names are exhibited. For easy identification of the birds the pictures of the birds and their pictures with their nativity is also observed by us.
We observed that because of the variety of mollusks and algae the birds visit this place every year from October to March. It is the main food for the visiting birds. The excretory products of the birds serve as fertilizer for the fields of the neighbouring villages. Hence the villagers are active in protecting the birds.   
Conclusion: If the festival is named as Pelican festival it is appropriate, when we can not save the conditions for flamingos to visit the lake, why these festivals!

Legal status: Pulicat lake was notified as bird sanctuary during 1976 vide G.O.M.S No.863 Forests and Rural Dept. (ForIII) date 25-9-76 U/s.18 of Wild life protection Act. 


  1. Namaskara- I was abs amazed to see the Ganapathy Patra pooja 21 names link to leaves and Thank you very much. I ama Retd Mariner and Trees Plants and Hindu shastra in Prakruti is one of my main hobbies. Pl include me in your Blog Posts. Thanks you.
    With regards
    CaptTR (Retd)

  2. I had a Nature Blog on Sthala Vrikshas -now stopped as Google-Airtel link was not continued --changed to another Primarily on TREES linked to Hindu shastra -Vedic teachings
    Now only on Face book in Pancha Mahabhutas and a blog
    kind Rgds, CaptTR (Retd)

  3. Its always fascinating to observe nature. The pictures of Flamingos from Nellore district is amazing. Located on the banks of the Penna River, there are many more places to visit in Nellore which attracts travelers.