Chilean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus chilensis)

My expectations to see Flamingos were met in excess! All the lagoons had one or more of the 3 species, and their beauty and grace was magnified by their incredible environment, ranging from the reddest of reds to crystal clear lagoons with no trace of salinity.

It was late in the day, and the sun had whipped up incredibly strong winds, so much so that I was unable to hold my camera and body steady and had to use my tripod. Despite the Gale force wind, they had no problems feeding, resting or simply strolling in the wind (albeit always with the wind). They are after all much more aerodynamic than me with a large telephoto lens!

This is the third of the Flamingo species on the Bolivian Altiplano. Chilean flamingo (Phoenicopterus chilensis) is identified by a bill that’s whitish and grey legs with pinkish feet and knees.

Altitude: 4306 metres.

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Last updated on 27 June 2024