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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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  • Copyright: Basak Bengu (parvatibb) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 169 W: 3 N: 164] (1307)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2013-08-20
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2000 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2013-12-08 7:33
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