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Friday, February 25, 2011

Preposterous & Pink!

On a visit to the Fort Worth Zoo last week I spent some time  really watching the flamingos. The more I watched them and zoomed in on them with my 400 mm lens the more preposterous they seemed to become. After sifting the water for food, they would raise their heads up and always seemed to have a perplexed look as if they were startled that the world was still there all around them.  I was particularly taken by the beads of water than remained on their feather. I think these add a nice touch to this image.

Their bill is also a bit on the preposterous side as it seems so awkward up close. It also appears more leathery than I ever expected.

Oh, in case you did not notice, they are preposterously pink in color as well ! This is a result of their diet and the fact that they extract the pigment beta carotene (among others) from the microbes and zooplankton they sieve from the water. These pigments are then added to the growing feathers. A young flamingo appears grey until it has eaten enough to begin to turn its plumage pink.


Pink FlamingoFort Worth Zoo
Pink Flamingo
Ft. Worth Zoo
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23 comments:

ladyfi said...

Fabulous close-up!

texwisgirl said...

Fantastic shot! You're right, the tiny beads of water add to the pic! Love it!

Gary said...

Great shot, John!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Mom of M&Ms said...

Great shot... and I agree preposterious! and fun, and amazing!

Jane said...

Excellant headshot:)

Al said...

Great shot. I've never been really close to a flamingo, but they certainly do seem interesting.

Mom of M&Ms said...

Daffodils???? WHere?? Ya have to let me in on where to shoot...I am new to this part of the world... NEver mind.. I am helping sell girl scout cookies all afternoon. :)

Willard said...

An amazing shot, John. Love the composition and detail!

Amila Kanchana said...

Amazing portrait!

eileeninmd said...

Awesome closeup pf the flamingo! A great capture.

Phil said...

Hi John, I was trying to think of a alternative word to "preposterous" for a flamingo but gave up. A spot on description and photo that made me LOL.

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

What a handsome bird! Love the color!

Sondra said...

Love this close up--and nice read about the Flamingo---

Kay L. Davies said...

You're right - the beak does look leathery, doesn't it?
This photo reminded me of a group of trained flamingos I saw in the Bahamas. The most preposterous thing was the trainer convincing people to come out of the audience and imitate flamingos. It was hilarious.
Great camera critter choice!
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Melissa Lynn said...

Love the picture and the article. Amazing & preposterous!

MarieElizabeth said...

Beautiful color and clarity.

imaginationlane said...

Spectacular photo...love the water droplets! The flamingos we saw in Africa were a more subdued shade of pink...this one is brilliant!

Lynette

Francisca said...

Preposterous Camera Critter! :-D This is the second time this week that I learn how flamingos become pink. Now I may even remember that fact.

BJ Roan said...

Great shot! I'm having a bit of lens envy right now. My 200mm doesn't match up.

Hazelicious929 said...

Woah! Looks like a giant flamingo for me! The reason why the flamingos are pink is because they eat shrimp. :-)

gwendolen said...

Wow. Love the details of the droplets.

dAwN said...

Gorgeous!

Stratoz said...

wonderful observations