Flamingo festival at Sullurpeta, Nellore attracted huge crowds this year. The festival is held every year when the migratory birds arrive at their winter destination here, from all around the country and also from places as far as Siberia.
Nellore district forest officials have been taking census of the migratory birds at both the locations on a daily basis. As of now, there are more than 58,000 migratory birds in Pulicat lake area and 8000 in Nelapattu bird sanctuary.
Nelapattu bird sanctuary is buzzing with with the birds especially the Grey Pelicans, Open billed Storks, Little Cormorants and Oriental White Ibis. Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary has about 13000 Grey Pelicans and 2000 each of Open Billed Stork, Little Cormorant and Oriental White Ibis.
However, the migratory bird population at Pulicat Lake seems to have gone down this year due to shortage of water in the Lake. Pulicat lake is home to the famous Greater Flamingoes apart from 35 other varieties of birds. There are 17,000 Flamingoes, 1150 Pond Herons, 2700 Painted Storks, 3600 Little Egrets, 3700 Cattle Egrets, 4000 Little Stints, 1000 River Terns, 1500 Common Coots, 3500 Northern Shovelers, 2000 Spot Bills and 3000 Pin Tailed Snipe apart from different local varieties in Pulicat lake area.