Outside Aigues-Mortes, on may way to le Grau-du-Roi at the Mediterranean Sea, I spotted wild flamingos close to the road. I was on the roof of my car trying to get some pictures, when suddenly one of them decided to leave and started running for take-off...
I followed him as he made a wide circuit and came back in over the pond again. Now he was being joined by a wingman, who'd taken off without my noticing it. Together they made another traffic circuit - for my photo beneficiaries - and finally decided to leave the vicinity!
A remarkable and wonderful sight, which has been my dream since childhood. Ever since I heard Earl Bostic in 1951, "gargling" his alto saxophone in the R&B-hit "Flamingo, (like a flame in the sky)", I've longed to see this.
It took 49 years and it was worth waiting for!
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Liora (1857) 2004-05-06 16:43
Nice, very unique capture Kaj, but the best thing here is the story! Congratulations!
orme (7215) 2004-05-06 23:43
Great capture, Kaj. I especially like the lower flamingo, because the wings are more defined. Your note and the colour of the sky, compliment the birds beautifully. Well done.
pamastro (7290) 2004-05-07 1:54
Nice capture. They look so awkward in flight. Yet at the same time they seem graceful. I think it's a strange mix between their shape, their wings and their lines in general. It is really a unique image. It's very nicely done, too. Perhaps it's all the space around them that adds grace to their flight. They stand out so nicely against it. And the fact that you got two together perhaps also adds that touch of grace. Very nicely captured. Great timing. Great story, too.
nwoehnl (122) 2004-05-07 16:11
Wow, this one is great, Kaj. You captured a great "flight show" of the two flamingos against the beautiful blue sky. I also like how the action is frozen in two different positions that the birds' wings are at, a very interesting way of studying their in-flight movement. Lovely shot.
luis_paulino (904) 2004-05-07 17:55
Very nice photo Kaj. Well composed. Well done.
mitternacht (1839) 2004-05-08 6:29
Definitely worth waiting for. I like the wave-like curve their bodies make. Well composed.
I think the colors could be cleared up a little, I guess this is taken from som distance so that there was a little haze? I'll see if I can do anything in a workshop.
cloverstar (0) 2004-05-08 13:30
This is the first time I have ever seen Flamingos flying ... and here, not one, but two. Great capture, and as you say, well worth the wait.
Clochette (8076) 2004-05-10 4:18
We are rather used to know flamingos on the floor, standing on only one leg ;-)
Surprising to see the shape they have when flying..
By the way, I loved your story and I'm happy for you Kaj !
Porteplume (3412) 2004-05-10 15:25
The picture illustrates perfectly the story... Or is it the story tells wonderfully about the picture?
Very good capture Kaj! As Clochette said, it doesn't happen too often to see them flying, and then so close... Well done!
strangiato (10) 2004-05-12 14:29
Beautiful capture Kaj. Very interesting to see them flying. The sky is a bit too grainy for my taste, but apart from that you did a very good job. Hopefully you won't have to wait another 49 years for the next flight!
jiherka (4552) 2004-05-25 19:11
Very beautiful picture. This squadron of flamingos is nice.
Wel done Kaj.
kent_s (1911) 2006-02-08 3:36
En fantastisk bild denna på en ganska ovanlig syn. Jag har ju själv haft förmånen att se dessa pippina flaxa en bit.
- Copyright: Kaj Nordstrom (kajenn) (2426)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2000-06-30
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Olympus OM1, Sigma 70-210mm f/4.5, Kodak Gold 200, Skylight 1A
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2004-05-06 15:49