This month Becky’s Squares are focusing on odd things – you can interpret this any way you want so I am going to take you all to the zoo this month. San Diego Zoo to be precise and the photos featured will be either odd looking animals, animals with odd names, odd facts or slightly odd photos. I hope you’ll enjoy my selection.
With their pink and crimson plumage, long legs and necks, and strongly hooked bills, flamingos cannot be mistaken for any other type of bird. Today, images of flamingos are found in literature (Alice used them as croquet mallets in Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll), and immortalized as plastic lawn ornaments!
American flamingos, a subspecies of greater flamingo, are the brightest, showing their true colours of red, pink, or orange on their legs, bills, and faces. It’s funny to watch them marching: the large, tightly packed flock walks together as one, before switching direction abruptly.
If you want to join in either daily, weekly or just on the odd occasion then please visit Becky, the only rule is that the main photo MUST be a square – that is four equal sides! You have been warned 😉
28 thoughts on “We’re goin’ to the zoo, zoo, zoo”
now that’s an odd colour and an odd bird!
Yes, much darker than the other species. I never knew that there were different ones.
Very few birds I think without at least one variation!
Gotta love a flamingo!
And these are definitely flaming!
I’ve never seen anything this vibrant!
Is there a link to them marching? The ones here are more strollers, but I do love it when they take off and you get the flash of crimson underbelly.
Only my still image. I never think to use the video feature. I’m sure there must be videos on YouTube. They are very amusing to watch.
We watched a load of them on an overhead fly past this afternoon 💕
That must be quite remarkable.
I missed the shot… of course!
Were you with Becky?
I haven’t seen her. She’s busy with family. I have several passionate bird watching friends who shame my ignorance.
Ah, I thought that maybe it was Becky you were referring to when you mentioned you were with bird watchers. I can’t imagine you having the patience to hang around for too long watching the birdies.
The silly b’s don’t stay still enough for me to photograph and when they’re in the trees I can’t even see them. It’s a dead loss. But I do enjoy being with knowledgeable people.
They have the most amazing colour
These American ones are very colourful!
Yes they are
I remember reading that flamingoes get their unusual colours from the food they eat. So I looked it up.
‘Flamingos get their pink color from their food.
Carotenoids give carrots their orange color or turn ripe tomatoes red. They are also found in the microscopic algae that brine shrimp eat. As a flamingo dines on algae and brine shrimp, its body metabolizes the pigments — turning its feathers pink’.
Best wishes, Pete. x
Same would happen to us if we ate lots and lots of carrots!
Loving that dark pink of some of the flamingos!
I know! They are very bright.
Aren’t they great birds. We’ve only seen them once, in Las Vegas. I would love to see them in the wild.
You need to visit Jo then.
I hope we do one day.
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