Nellore district administration is making arrangements to host the annual birds festival also known as Flamingo Festival on January 7th and 8th 2012. The festival will be held in the boys high school ground in Sullurupet town. Rural sports and boating competitions are going to be the main attractions during the festival. The administration is planning to make necessary arrangements for watching the birds in Nelapattu sanctuary and Pulicot Lake apart from boat rides in BV Palem.
Flamingo Festival is being held since 2001 with the twin objectives of promoting awareness among local populace to protect the migratory birds and also to promote tourism.
Flamingo festival offers an opportunity for ornithologists, environmentalists, bird watchers, forest and tourism officials to study the bio-diversity of Pulicat and Nellapattu Bird Sanctuaries and to initiate measures to conserve the bio-zones for future generations. Pulicat lake is spread over an area of 460 sq km surrounded by Sulurpet, Dorvari Satram, Vakadu and Kota mandals of Nellore district.
Thousands of birds of nearly 240 species visit the lake during winter. Various species of migratory birds including some rare and endangered species from different parts of the world visit the Nelapattu habitat from October to March every year. The birds prepare their nests, brood the eggs and return to their native places along with their young ones by April.
Flamingos, Pelicans, Siberian Storks, Open Billed Storks, Night Herons, Egrets, Little Cormorant, Golden Backed Wood Pecker, Spotted and Ring Doves, King Fishers, Painted Storks, White Necked Storks, Spoon Bills and other species of birds will present a colourful gala for tourists at the sanctuary. The villagers treat the migratory birds with affection and provide protection to them.