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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Média: Couleur
Date de prise de vue: 2007-04-08
Catégories: Birds
Appareil photographique: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposition: f/3.5, 1/640 secondes
Versions: version originale
Carnet de voyage: Florida
Date de soumission: 2007-04-14 19:56
Vue: 3010
Points: 30
[Ligne directrice - Note] Note du photographe
Greetings from Florida!
I just got back from a week of vacation in sunny (hot!) Florida.
It seems that I was in Florida at just the right time, for the birds seemed to have but one thing on their minds.

Phoenicopterus chilensis

Location: South America

Habitat: Shallow, salty lakes and lagoons

Chilean flamingos stand four to five feet tall and can weigh anywhere from 13-16 pounds. They have a long neck and long, slender legs. Their bill is bent downward in the middle. Most of their body is covered in pale pink feathers with darker pink and black wings. Their legs are dull yellow or yellow-gray with dark pink bands at the joints and pink feet.

Flamingos will lock their “knees” (which are really their ankles) and stand on one leg. Standing in this manner helps them to conserve heat. They typically will stand facing into the wind or rain so that the water does not get into their feathers. They have an excellent sense of hearing, but a very poor sense of smell.

These birds are social, usually living in flocks numbering in the thousands. When in these large groups, they can be quite loud while making their deep, honking noises along with other vocalizations, such as grunting and howling. They do everything in these groups including breeding, feeding and flying. The large group is also their main defense. Having so many individuals increases the possibility of predator sightings, but decreases the probability of an individual becoming prey. Their main predators are humans and gulls, which eat their eggs.

Flamingos are filter feeders, eating aquatic invertebrates, seeds and algae from shallow water and mud. They walk along the bottom of the lake kicking up the mud with their feet. Water is sucked into their beak. As their tongue pushes the water out, it is filtered through a row of spines, or lamellae, along the edge of the bill, which traps the food. The pink coloration comes from pigments, called caretonoids, in the tiny animals they eat. In most captive populations, this pink color must be artificially added to the diet.

The courtship displays are quite elaborate. The males and females will perform a number of head and wing movements which look similar to everyday preening, but are much more rigid. Flamingos make their nests out of mud by piling the mud and forming it into a large mound about 15 inches in diameter and 1 ½ -2 feet tall. The female makes an indentation on the top where she will lay her egg. Incubation lasts 27-31 days, and both the mother and father sit on the egg. When it hatches, the chick is covered with gray downy feathers. Their beaks are straight at birth so that they can be fed by regurgitation from their parents. After a few months the beak curves. They grow in their adult plumage after about two years. They become sexually mature at 6 years of age. The typical lifespan in the wild is up to 50 years.

This photo was taken at an animal park.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-04-14 21:56]

Hello Manyee,
Exceptional color and sharp details in this treat of a composition, thanks for your work. Great note Too.

Welcome back. I hope you guys had a good time and took lots of photos. This is a nice shot of a colorful couple. It is really sharp. TFS
Evelynn : )

Salut Manyee
Elle est splendide cette photo en portrait de ces beaux flamands rose après s'amuser. Les couleurs sont superbes et les détails sont nets, très bon travail , félicitations
Merci et au revoir...JP

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-04-15 2:35]

Hello Manyee,
Superb couple with a funny title ;-)
The "+++" : composition, subject, pose, sharpness, colors, exposure, useful note...
The "-" : nothing...
Congratulations my friend and TFS.

Hi Manyee,
Beautiful image of these two flamingos! I had no idea they could be so big! Wonderful colours and excellent sharpness and details. Well done and TFS
Cheers Tina :-)

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-04-15 4:47]

Hi Manyee.
You've captured these birds in a great setting and the composition is superb.
Vivid colours aswell.
Well done,

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-04-15 6:09]

Hi Manyee, this is a very well exposed shot of the Flamingos. The POV is very interesting and makes a unique compositon. Your focus and sharpness together with wonderfull colour and tones is excellent.
Great work

Hi Manyee,
Beautiful image; I like the dark colours as well as the sharpness.

Hi Manyee,
A nice shoot with good details and lovely colours.
Well composed and very nice lighting.
Well done, mf.

Hi, Manyee.
Nice shot. Good episode. Sharp and well exposed. Beautiful colors.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3049 W: 3 N: 8711] (40558)
  • [2007-04-15 15:30]

Hello Manyee,
Excellent composition, subtle colours, funny pose and a good sense of humour. Thank's for this picture which makes people smile.
Best regards

Hi Manyee.
Very pretty shot. Very good colour combination. Excellent composition. Well done. tfs. Stev

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-04-16 17:07]

Hola Manyee.- Grate moment, grate photo. Just beatiful. Like their colors.

Hello Manyee,
Excellent image of these glorious looking Flamingo's. They possess such beautiful colours. Your image is lovely and sharp which gives us and opportunity to see all the finer detail. Nice.

Very pleasant photo of these two lovers in paradise, a very nice exposure with excellent results the pink is just right for the chilean flamingoes. It sounds like you had a great time down in Florida. :)

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