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Birds of a Color — Stick Together

These flamingos were so colorful and fun to watch as they roamed around the pond.  Sometimes, it seemed as if they were posing for the camera.    –I found these colorful birds at Sea World in San Antonio, Tx.; fortunately, they seemed to be thriving in their environment.

According to the National Geographic website flamingos turn pink because they eat shrimp like crustaceans.  They will pale in captivity unless their diet is supplemented.

Their bent bills allow them to feed on small organisms—plankton,
tiny fish, fly larvae, and the like. In muddy flats or shallow water,
they use their long legs and webbed feet to stir up the bottom.
They then bury their bills, or even their entire heads, and suck up
both mud and water to access the tasty morsels within. A flamingo’s
beak has a filter like structure to remove food from the water before
the liquid is expelled.

Greater flamingos live and feed in groups called flocks or colonies.
They find safety in numbers, which helps to protect individual birds
from predators while their heads are down in the mud.

Had you ever wondered why flamingos are pink?  What birds do you find fun to photograph?


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