Scratch front, scratch back - Bathing flamingo by steppeland

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Artis Amsterdam – Zoo collection – Amsterdam, the Netherlands

“Scratch front, scratch back … Would anyone give me a neck massage afterwards?”
Bathing Chilean Flamingo – diptych / collage

The Chilean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus chilensis, Wikipedia ) is a large species that breeds in temperate South America from Ecuador and Peru to Chile and Argentina and east to Brazil; it has been introduced into Germany and the Netherlands (colony on the border, Zwilbrockervenn). There also a small population in Utah and California. Like all flamingos it lays a single chalky white egg on a mud mound.

IUCN conservation status: Near Threatened (source: Wikipedia)

Technical details

Both photo’s made with Pentax K10D camera and
Tamron AF70-300mm Tele-macro1:2 lens
Exposure 500 sec, f. 5.6
focal length 300 , ISO 200
Date: May 21, 2011

Features and Top10 placements
Featured in Collective collage (May 31, 2011)
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Each photo also available as a single print on request.

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Steppeland (pseudonym) is a Flemish photographer, living in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Her main area’s of interest are Nature Photography, Street photography and Photojournalism. Recently she also explores different digital art techniques, mainly based on her own photographs.
More of her work can be seen at DeviantArt and 500px

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  • steppeland
    steppelandover 3 years ago

  • Richard G Witham
    Richard G Withamover 3 years ago

    Wonderful photos and they look great together like this. Well done!

  • Thanks a lot, Richard, I really appreciate your feedback! :)

    – steppeland

    JUSTARTover 3 years ago


  • Thank you! :)

    – steppeland

  • polly470
    polly470over 3 years ago

    Too good to miss seeing them both together!! I love flamingos..such weirdly beautiful birds!!

  • Aww, thank you Polly! Yes, they are exactly that: weirdly beautiful LOL…

    – steppeland

  • aussiedi
    aussiediover 3 years ago

    beautiful collage

  • Awesome, Di! Thank you so much for the feature!

    – steppeland

  • rasim1
    rasim1over 3 years ago

    Perfect image!!!!

  • Thank you so much, Rasim, much appreciated!

    – steppeland

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepover 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture!

  • Thank you so much!

    – steppeland

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