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|Caribbean Flamingo (Phoeniccopterus ruber)|
LOCATION: The Caribbean islands, northern South America, Galapagos Islands, east Africa, and southern Asia.
HABITAT: Shallow, salty flats.
COLOUR: It is a deep scarlet red on head, neck, breast and wings with lighter shades of scarlet and pink on the back and under the tail. The Primary and Secondary feathers are black and make a striking contrast to the vivid colors of the rest of the bird. Black patch at end of the bill.
SIZE: 120-150cm. (4-5ft.)
DIET: The small crustaceans and algae that the flamingoes eat contain carotinoid and other natural pigments that are processed in the body and deposited in the growing feathers. These provide the birds with their bright pink coloration.
CALLS: Squawking and trumpeting.
PREDATORS: Birds of prey, hyenas & large cats.
HABITS: Live in large colonies, sometimes numbering many thousands.
SEX DIFFERENCE: Not obvious.
REPRODUCTION: In the wild breeding only takes place in years where the rainfall is adequate and food sources abundant. It has been estimated that taking into account bad weather, predation, food resources, natural disasters and deaths, it may take an average pair of flamingoes 25 years or more to produce enough offspring to replace themselves. One egg laid is incubated for about 30 days. Chicks are ready to leave the nest at 2.5 months of age.
LIFESPAN: 40 years.
The picture of this flamingo was taken in the Crystal Garden Conservation Center in Victoria, BC.
The Crystal Garden Conservation Centre has closed. It was located in the historic Crystal Garden Building behind the Fairmont Empress Hotel. The Crystal Garden originally contained the world’s largest indoor saltwater pool which operated from 1925 to 1967. In 1980 the Crystal Garden Building re-opened as a conservation centre. The Crystal Garden Building will now undergo structural and seismic upgrading and re-open with a brand new use in 2006.
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Stephan I like your Pink Flamingo - he is very bright and orange. Great portrait of him, nice and sharp too. Well shown.
I have done a workshop showing the flamingo not so centred in the photo. I hope you like it.
Nice shot Stephan!
Great colours and details, good POV too. I think Janice had good idea about the framing. Your is a bit too centered.
Anyway, I like it very much.
WELL DONE & TFS
A superb portrait on this Flamingo. Beautiful colors, and the detail is very sharp. Great OOF backround that contrasts him very well. I do like Janice's crop in her workshop. Great shot!
Wonderful coloured plumage. Very vibrant. Good clear details. Nice eye contact. The bird stands out well against the OOF BG. Good work. TFS.
- [2005-12-07 4:39]
Great shot, nice details, fantastic contrast, nice and quite funny POV!
Have a Great holiday season Stephan!
Thank You & Happy New year.
Well if I was drunk enough I might mistake this for a pink number 9 iron and do a little flamingolf. Great details and color Stephan. :)
Bon portrait du Flamand Rose!
L'image est nette et bien exposée. Le point de vue bien choisi afin que le fond ne soit pas trop distrayant, et la faible PdC isole bien ton sujet. Malgré que j'aime bien l'image, la compostion me chiquotte un peu. J'ai essayé un WS, mais je ne suis pas plus convaincu de ma version.
- [2006-03-03 23:00]
So nice that it didn't need the frames.