We had to take our car inland for repairs and had time to kill so we took a boat ride out to see if we could see the flamingos and this is what we saw ! Tried to get them in chronological order but I’m not that good posting here.
Fabulous! Ann, I have not seen Flamingos in the wild for over 30 years! There is a wildlife sanctuary that is part of Cape Canaveral—long before heavy-duty security, you were able to walk through the marshes. I found a flock of wild flamingos. It was a memorable sight! That was also when I was young and foolish and didn’t think about what else was lurking in those marshes.
Thank you so much for sharing! You win the wildlife prize!!
Nice pictures of the Flamingos.
The second one is now my desktop background!
Hey, we’re on vacation and our car’s in the shop too, grrrr.
I heard once that it is the bird’s diet that makes them so colorful – is that true? These are great pix.
Absolutely gorgeous. I don’t need to ever leave I can just look at all the beautiful scenery right here!
Margot I heard the same about their color…these birds have color in spades. Ann you actually drive in Mexico???
Thanks for the compliment Carole, I think though that you are still the queen of the wildlife photos. You have a great eye! This was an unplanned trip to see the flamingos and when we left the dock it was quite cloudy and overcast. The sun came out from behind the clouds just as we found the flamingos. They are so beautiful, I think I would have been tromping through the marshes to see them too!
@Margot Thanks Margot – you are right! They get their color from eating brine shrimp, red fly larvae and crustaceans. I read that you’ll never see a pink flamingo chick; babies are downy white when they hatch. Then they feed on crab and shrimp larvae as they grow and the accumulated carotene from the crustaceans give their plumage its characteristic pink-orange color which intensifies as they mature. Where we were was at the tip of the Yucatan in Rio Lagartos where there is a ton of shrimp and other seafood.
And Julie, yes, we not only drive in Mexico, we usually drive down there from Iowa. We’ve been doing it since 1988. Didn’t do it this year because we couldn’t be gone that long but we usually drive down with the dogs- it takes a week to get to our house and a week to get back. We have my old Explorer down there so that is why we had to get the repairs done, thus the side trip. I have wanted to see the flamingos for the last 20 years, – now since I’ve been there, I’ll be going back! I loved the little towns there and the cheap seafood!
Ann, when did you say we were leaving for our next trip????? The girls and I love road trips!