On Saturday 25th February 2006 we decided to do a boat cruise of the Thane creek to see around the natural life and view of the coast from the water.
Our route is marked below on the google earth map
Started at 7:30am from CBD belapur jetty after having a sight of rising sun.
Fishermen were getting ready for their catch.
One can see the concrete jungle of NRI colony at Nerul.
In the front one can see a few Mangroves left.
A brown-headed or a black headed Gull (non-breeding) perching on
a fishing net pole.
Dredging machine seen near CBD
A ship anchored near Nhava
Approaching the vashi bridge
with the train running over it
"Never seen vashi bridge from here"
Between the road and the rail bridge
As we left the vashi bridge behind
got the first glimpse of flamingoes
A single Grey heron
A lot of flamingoes
There were atleast 500 of them and they were flying all around.
In short a great view
A few meters ahead a much bigger group
Crossing below the Airoli bridge
One can see a lot of bird life in this stretch
A group of smaller waders (could not identify)
A good pose struck by an Orprey
A congregation of black winged stilts
A large egret in flight
A sewage pipe emptying its dirty water in the creek
Pied avocet , black-winged stilt and little stints
Mangroves around the creek
Thane rail bridge
Terns and cormorants
Old bhiwandi bypass
Hiranandani complex near ghodbander
Quarrying near nagla
A small halt at Reti bunder - Nagla
Flowering palas tree ( Flame of the forest)
Masjid near Ghodbunder fort