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The Beauty of Flamingos

We often think of flamingos as funny pink birds which turn home decor items into whimsical tropical treasures...

Flamingos are actually gregarious wading birds - - six flamingo species are recognized by most sources.

It is well known that Flamingos often stand on one leg, the other tucked beneath the body. Apparently the reason for this behavior is not fully understood. Some suggest that the flamingo, like some other animals, has the ability to have half of its body go into a state of sleep, and when one side is rested, the flamingo will swap legs and then let the other half sleep, but this has not been proven. We don't know why either, but still think they are a very unique and beautiful part of coastal wildlife.





This American Flamingo is well adapted to bottom scooping

Greater Flamingos at Pocharam lake, Andhra Pradesh, India.
"These famous pink birds can be found in warm, watery regions on many continents. They favor environments like estuaries and saline or alkaline lakes. Considering their appearance, flamingos are surprisingly fluid swimmers, but really thrive on the extensive mud flats where they breed and feed." - National Geographic

A vibrant pink Greater Flamingo is found throughout the world in warm, waterside regions.


Andean Flamingos in the Laguna Colorada, Bolivia.

"Young flamingos hatch with grey plumage, but adults range from light pink to bright red due to aqueous bacteria and beta carotene obtained from their food supply. A well-fed, healthy flamingo is more vibrantly coloured and thus a more desirable mate; a white or pale flamingo, however, is usually unhealthy or malnourished. Captive flamingos are a notable exception; many turn a pale pink as they are not fed carotene at levels comparable to the wild. This is changing as more zoos begin to add prawns and other supplements to the diets of their flamingos." - Wikipedia

American Flamingo and baby

 A bird-shaped formation of flamingos pops in bright pink from the muddy waters of a placid lagoon in Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula, along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.


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13 comments:

  1. wonderful post - the photographs are superb. they really are fabulous birds.

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  2. I love Pink Flamingo's and you found some gorgeous photos of them.

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  3. Wow, beautiful post about flamingos. I have to admit that I always think of them as tacky decoration items on a yard, but these photos are so stunning! I love the one of the Andean flamingos.

    Angie @ Linen + Verbena

    PS. I am hosting an Island Living Anniversary Giveaway. I hope you sign for it because we have some beautiful beach and island inspired items.

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  4. I just love Flamingos. They are surely one of natures whimsical beauties.
    Karen

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  5. Oh your photos are perfect!! I have always loved the beauty and grace of the flamingo. I have never seen a baby and that is adorable.
    Happy Pink Saturday and thank you for making me smile, Char

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  6. Flamingos fascinate me. We're going to our timeshare in California in 3 weeks. There is a place we like to go that has a lot of them and it's always fun to watch them.

    Hugs,
    Kat

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  7. Beautiful and fascinating creatures. Love your pictures!Happy Pink Saturday!

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  8. Love this post!!!! And what great shots you got!
    Have a great weekend!
    Happy PS~
    Smiles~
    C

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  9. They are so beautiful and graceful and that last shot is amazing! The little ones are so adorable.

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  10. Wonderful photos and great info on these pink birds; fascinating! Thanks for stopping by and Happy Pink Saturday.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  11. Happy Pink Saturday Sweetie...
    Oh I love pink flamingos, and you have share so elegantly today. You captured their very soul in each photo today. I especially love the close up of the one looking right at the camera eye to eye. They are so graceful, they almost look as though they are doing a beautiful ballet. A dance in the making. So pretty.

    I really loved the group in the shape of the flamingo, now how do you think they did that? Very interesting.

    Thank you for the beautiful share today. I so loved my visit. Have a glorious weekend sweetie. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

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  12. Now how did they do that last photo or was it a natural phenomenon? :) Love your post today. I keep looking for a fabulous vintage cement flamingo for my shop but haven't found one yet that I can afford. Love the old ones! Happy Pink Saturday. xo

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  13. Love this flamingo post...thanks for putting it together for us!

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