I got interested in figuring out flamingo species after spending a couple of days watching two groups of them at Sylvan Heights Bird Park. There is one group of flamingos with three species in it. Most of the pictures come from that group. The American flamingos live in the Landing Zone, where you can get within touching distance of them, although separated from them by a fence. It is very hard to get pictures of them without a fence in the background or foreground so I kept just one picture of them.
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|Most of these birds are Chilean flamingos - Bills gray with black tip and pink knees on gray legs and feet. Not sure what the bill bump meant|
|Think this is a juvenile chilean|
Lesser flamingo in front
After I'd taken many pictures of single to multiple flamingos, I started seeing them as art. I also loved that I could see different expressions in their faces. I fought to isolate some compositions of them and then tried to fit them into frames as they contorted themselves. I ended up with lots of pictures of parts of them.
|American flamingo in a moody moment|
|Loved those stern expressions - all they are missing is the pitchfork|
|Same expression with pitchfork|
|Trying to stuff as much of a flamingo as I can into this picture - may be a juvenile greater flamingo|
|What great tonality|
|The only way I could showcase their feet was to take just the feet on those rebar legs|
|That second guy was not following my stage directions|
|I think this is a young greater flamingo - love those rebar legs (can't find leg color in juveniles)|
|A lesser flamingo - see all the black in the bill? And it is more reddish|
|Think this youngster is a juvenile Chilean|
|This guys are filter feeders|
|Feeding - they use their bills upside down|
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