Archive for 'Phoenicopteridae'

Lesser flamingo (Phoenicoparrus minor)

There are two species of flamingo in Namibia, the other species is the greater flamingo which has a dark tip on a pink beak. I found large groups of flamingos wading in the brackish waters not far inland from Walvis Bay. It is separated from the coast with kilometers of desert, which makes it appear […]

Lesser flamingo (Phoenicoparrus minor)

A single, juvenile, greater flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) resting in a flock of lesser flamingos in Walvis Bay, Namibia. It was cloudy this day, as so many days by the coast. Some days the sun breaks through just before the sunset, other days not at all. This makes it much cooler than just a few kilometers […]

James’s Flamingo (Phoenicoparrus jamesi)

James’s Flamingo (Phoenicoparrus jamesi)

When their food, algae, is getting scarce on the shallows, they venture out as deep as needed to get to where the algae is. Here they seem to be floating as they filter feed on the algae. Altitude: 4119 metres. It sounds like this:

James’s Flamingo (Phoenicoparrus jamesi)

James’s Flamingo (Phoenicoparrus jamesi)

Even at these muddy sections of the lagoon, the flamingos find food that seemingly outweighs the energy spent ovecoming the suction of the mud. A few flaps of the wings and they easily move forward. Any human would have struggled very hard, but the beautiful flamingos are much more hardy than you could possibly imagine! […]

James's Flamingo (Phoenicoparrus jamesi)

James’s Flamingo (Phoenicoparrus jamesi)

From afar the flamingos all seem to be the same species. This species is identified by the red legs, that the black tip on the bill is much smaller than the other 2 species found here as well as the carmine-red streaks on the back and lower chest. The environment in which these flamingos thrive […]