Today I was watching a documentary that investigates the disappearance of flamingos from Lake Nakuru in one night in 2000. As most of you know flamingos are filter feeders and eat algae and crustaceans that contain pigments called carotenoids. These pigments are found in the brine shrimp and blue-green algae . Enzymes in the liver of the bird break down the carotenoids into the pink and orange pigment molecules deposited in the feathers, bill, and legs of the flamingos. What I did not know is they need to filter of 70L of water through their lamellae (tiny filter) for their daily diet.
Back to the documentary they explain that soda level of the lake is changed drastically due to heavy rains during that season causing increase in the fish number which was good for the pelicans but no algae for the flamingos. So lack of food made them fly away.
The photo quality is not the best but this was what I could get with my lens. Getting too close to the lake is not allowed. The park rangers do not want the animals to be in stress.
At the end of the day I was lucky to see them with my own eyes :)
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resat1972 (7492) 2013-12-08 10:02
Merhaba Başak Hanım
uzaktan harika bir šekim, yansımalar nefis
danos (89627) 2013-12-08 10:07
nice the horizontal layers of the scene with the flamingos to be the focal point of the image.Well presented.
lousat (81124) 2013-12-08 10:50
Hi Basak,for me the pic need a bit of contrast and light more,but the view is really fantastic,a magnificent neverending carpet with a lot of pink points made by the flamingos,magnificent reflections too of the first line below,a great spectacle to watch,no doubt! Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano
Romano46 (18472) 2013-12-08 12:53
noto che anche te ami molto la natura ed in particolare gli animali, come mostra in maniera pi¨ che evidente questa bella foto che riprende dei fenicotteri rosa nel famoso cratere del Ngrongoro, uno dei luoghi pi¨ mamosi della Tanzxania per l'osservazione degli animali e soprattutto di questa particolare specie di uccelli.
Una bella foto nella quale la composizione Ŕ volta proprio all'ossrrvazione di questi bellissimi uccelli della loro colorazione rosa che hai colto con ricchezza di dettagli e tra bellissimi riflessi.
Ciao e buon inizio di settimana
boa (6235) 2013-12-09 4:30
a nice experience to see those beautiful birds in their natural environment. I like the different layers of colors in this scene and it give us an idea how it looks in the famous Ngrongoro crater. It is a little bit low light but still an interesting picture, Tfs!
Have a nice day.
dale54 (6707) 2013-12-09 12:01
basak hello..very interesting note..i like this shot..has a very interesting feel to it..almost like it was painted..great job! dale
rychem (26812) 2013-12-09 20:54
This is a kind of minimalist photos, I like it very much, great horizontal rows of flamingos, clever frame