Perfectly Fluffed

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© Loraine Reynolds
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UploadedApril 26, 2011
TakenApril 12, 2011
MakeCanon
ModelCanon EOS 40D
Exposure1/250 sec at f/20
FlashCompulsory Flash
Focal Length176 mm
ISO400
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5 responses

  • Carlos Aviles

    Carlos Aviles said (27 Apr 2011):

    Flamingos often stand on one leg, the other tucked beneath the body. 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. Recent research has indicated that standing on one leg may allow the birds to conserve more body heat, given that they spend a significant amount of time wading in cold water. As well as standing in the water, flamingos may stamp their webbed feet in the mud to stir up food from the bottom.

    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.

  • misha otaared

    misha otaared gave props (27 Apr 2011):

    lovely capture, loraine

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (18 May 2011):

    Flamingos are beautiful birds and you caught a very good close up...

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (18 May 2011):

    This is beautiful!!!!!!!!

  • Katherine Nak

    Katherine Nak   gave props (23 Jul 2011):

    Perfection!

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