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Greater Flamingo

Greater Flamingo
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Copyright: Carl Landsberg (Jakkals) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 187 W: 3 N: 587] (2813)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-12-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 7D, Canon EF 600mm f4.0L IS USM
Exposure: f/4.5
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-02-14 9:37
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Points: 36
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One night during our December 2012 visit to Etosha National Park in Namibia, we heard a “swoosh” noise in the air above a few times. It was like a huge flock of birds flying overhead but we could not see anything. We speculated about what bird would fly this late at night (22:00 or 10pm) and left it at that.
The next morning to our surprise we saw that the salt pans near Namutoni were covered with Flamingos. At first we could not get near enough for a good photograph but eventually I managed get within 60 meters of them at a “snail’s pace”.
This photo was taken from 56.7 meters at 12:35PM. Unfortunately with the sun being straight from above I had to cope with the shadows and the “nearly” over exposure of the white on the Flamingo’s back. Judging by the Flamingo’s neck vertebrae it must have covered a considerable distance before arriving at the Etosha salt pans and lost quite a bit of weight.
I hope you enjoy the photo and comments are welcome.
Best regards,

Greater Flamingo
• What appear to be the flamingo's knees are actually its ankles, which bend backward when it sits down.

The graceful, pink flamingos fly in loose flocks, in long, single lines, or in V-formation. Their pink color comes from chemicals called carotenoids which are contained in the algae they eat.

The greater flamingo is particular about its choice of habitat. It needs shallow, very salty lagoons and lakes in which to fed and breed successfully.
The flamingo dislikes disturbance, particularly at breeding times, and will often seek out larger expanses of water for solitude.
The Greater Flamingo is the most widespread species of the flamingo family. It is found in parts of Africa, southern Asia, and southern Europe. Most other bird colonies will over winter if the weather stays mild. But these birds will move on if the weather turns bad.

The greater flamingo nests in colonies that often contain thousands of birds. Male and female birds build the nest together. The nest is a mound of mud, 12-20 inches in diameter, and, despite the circular trench the birds construct around it, the nest and egg are often destroyed by a rise in water level.
A single egg is incubated alternately by both parents for four weeks. The chick is fed on regurgitated liquid called crop-milk. It begins to feed itself after a month, although the parents continue to feed it as well. About this time the chick joins other young birds in a group called a creche, taking 10 weeks to fledge (grow feathers). Young birds are grayish brown in color and gradually become white and pink, They attain their full adult plumage at three to four years of age.

Food and feeding
The flamingo filters food from the water, much like the blue whale. It uses its specially adapted bill to capture and filter its food, a combination of protozoa and algae as well as crustaceans, mollusks, and insects.
Its long legs enable the flamingo to wade through deep water and mud in search of food, and its long neck allows it to reach food at some depth. It can also swim easily and will partially submerge itself in order to feed.
Information gained from Wikepedia and Greater Flamingo facts.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-02-14 10:39]

Hallo Carl,
Erg mooie foto van deze flamingo. Prima scherpte en timing. Genomen venuit een uitstekend laag standpunt. Mooie natuurlijke kleuren.
Vriendelijke groeten,

Ciao Carl.
Bella immagine di Fenicottero fotografato con una grande nitidezza e ottimi dettagli belli i colori naturali con le loro sfumature,bene la composizione ben curata.
Ciao Marco.
Grazie della condivisione.

Ciao Carl, great capture of lovely flamoingo in nice spose, fine details, splendid light, excellent clarity and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Carl,
Great shot here my good friend, good exposure and sharpness with fine detail, excellent composure and the dribble of water just makes this shot, superb effort Carl interesting notes and very well done,

Best Regards,


PS i will post more pics in the future, because if one day we do meet?, then i don't have to take one on the chin hey hee hee :),

Hi Carl,
beautiful and interesting bird. Amazing colours. Perfect composition. A lot of details.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Carl

With capturing also the water drop, you shot the
photo with excellent timing, fine POV and DOF,
excellent focus, sharpness, details, of the white plumage, TFS


Hello Carl,
I thinh you were lucky to meet flamingos in Etosha (I didn't hear it's common). You managed very well the difficult conditions - to make it harder at midday, I think this flamingo is really pale.
Exposure and details are top quality.
It's a very good picture, I look forward to another photo with his friends and environment!
Tfs, Philippe

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-02-14 14:50]

Hi Carl,magnificent flamingo and great capture,i like the perfect exposure in this difficult light and very good plumage details too,very nice the triangle made by the legs position!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Carl,
Excellent capture with great clarity and details of plumage,droplets and lovely rhythmic pose.
Best regards,

Hello Carl
Beautiful photo with very good composition, nice colours and good sharpness.

Hello Carl,
superb picture.
nice light, perfect sharpness and colour.
am like the composition also.
best wishes,

Hallo Carl
The flamingo is a graceful bird with lots of attraction to it, and your image once again shows all its beauty to the best. The patch of pink inbetween the white plumage is lovely and soft on the eye. I like the walking motion as well as the water droplet falling from its beak. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hello Carl
Great close of this beauty.Wonderful colours and sharp details.Thank You.
Have a good weekend!
Best regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2013-02-17 11:39]

Hello Carl,
In a fine shot perfectly composed for the POV this is a superb capture of a sub-adult Greater Flamingo. The sharpness is top and the difficult lighting well managed to give excellent natural colours.
Well done Carl and TFS,

Hi Boet,
What's the saying about patience is the virtue. In this case it definitely paid off. Fantastic shot of this flamingo. Even though the sun was above you it still came out sharp with clear details and beautiful colours. We've often had flamingos on the dams at the mine but I've never managed to capture one clearly. I've added it to my bucket list. Excellent!

Hello Carl,
Brilliant capture of a very interesting and nice species of flamingo. Excellent colors, good details and sharpness. The focus and WB are perfect. I like very much the white colors of this nice specie.
Thanks for sharing!

Fantastic composition, Carl! - the triangle made by the legs, the curves of the neck and bill and the placement within the frame - the soft detail on the feathers, the activity with the clear drops of water, the highlight in the eye and the splash of pink all work together to a great image. Very well done indeed. Best wishes.

Hello Carl.
This is a beautiful capture of flamingo in pleasing framing. Excellent details and artistic curve of this beautiful bird.
Thanks and have a great WE.

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