Flamingos: Nature in Focus
This week’s focus is on one of nature’s most flamboyant animal: flamingos. They made us laugh with their unusual group dance on Planet Earth II and make us all wonder why they like to stand on just one leg…
Flamingos with their sticklike legs, knobbly ankles, and pink feathers, certainly don’t go unnoticed and are often the stars of many a wildlife photograph or documentary. However, its feathers aren’t actually naturally pink. Embodying the saying “You are what you eat”, the flamingo owes its unique colouring to its diet of algae and crustaceans loaded with beta-carotene (the same thing that’s in carrots, your mum is right when she keeps telling you to eat carrots to get that nice healthy glow! Or is it just mine? Anyway.)
The flamingo is a water bird and lives around lakes and lagoons. Gregarious, flamingos live in large colonies, which protects them from predators. When mating season arrives, they put on a show with a truly unique group dance! Loyal, they share the parental duties and care for their offspring together.
However, for such a charismatic bird, a lot about it still remains a mystery. For example, why they stand on one leg still pretty remains an open debate. Some say it has to do with the way they rest, others say it is to regulate their body temperature or to dry their foot off… No one has yet found a definitive answer.
For a chance to observe and snap a picture of these photogenic birds, check out the Wildlife Photography Tour of Mexico!
Tour: Wildlife Photography Tour of Mexico
Location: Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
Travel from jungles to reefs, caves to wetlands, to photograph some of the most exceptional and unique wildlife of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. This eight-day Eco Tour will take you deep into the protected areas of the Mayan World, giving you the chance to explore some of Mexico’s greatest natural attractions, and also to capture some incredible wildlife moments on camera. The intensely biodiverse Yucatan Peninsula is home to a diverse array of flora and fauna, including numerous endemic species, making for some truly unparalleled nature photography opportunities. Discover a world of birds at Sian Ka’an, photograph the largest pink flamingo population in the Americas at Rio Lagartos, and take a night-time boat trip in search of crocodiles.