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I love flamingos and this is just excellent Elaine,,,,I wonder why two are a different color?,,,,Rick
Super capture and processing Elaine …
A beautiful capture Elaine, with a fitting Title.
Fantastic capture! Are they different kinds, or did those two just not eat enough shrimp yet to get the bright pink color? It would be interesting to find out. They probably are just very young and haven’t gotten their color yet.
I wonder if they’re different varieties…. I believe there are African and South American ones.Awesome shot!
nice one Elaine !!Liz
They have not been painted yet Elaine lol, great shot, regards, Mark.
hi elaine….i love the flamingo..they are such cool animals…and it is what they eat..::))x
Flamingos are pink or orange or white depending on what they eat. Flamingos eat algae and crustaceans that contain pigments called carotenoids. For the most part, these pigments are found in the brine shrimp and blue-green algae that the birds eat. Enzymes in the liver break down the carotenoids into the pink and orange pigment molecules deposited in the feathers, bill, and legs of the flamingos. Flamingos that eat mostly algae are more deeply colored than birds that eat the small animals that feed off of algae. Captive flamingos are feed a special diet that includes prawns (a pigmented crustacean) or additives such as beta-carotene or canthaxanthin, otherwise they would be white or pale pink. Young flamingos have gray plumage that changes color according to their diet.
The two with a different color ate something they should’t have, lol,,,I love this shot, they are such interesting birds, love the capture Elaine :-))))
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