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Steve Mills

Watch out for pink flamingos migrating from Mississippi!

Posted Thursday, June 11, 2015, at 3:06 PM
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  • Oh, and they ask that you not hurt the flamingos while they are there.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Jun 11, 2015, at 3:06 PM
  • That's great....Hope they do well...

    We use to see a flamingo or two while fishing in Florida, It was rare there's mostly heron and those smaller white crane looking birds wading the waters edge!

    I love to watch them, I think it would be awesome to see a flock in flight like you see on National Geographic, I'd get the tingles to witness such majesty!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Thu, Jun 11, 2015, at 8:59 PM
  • On one of my Kenya trips we went to Lake Nakuru, and if you look at the lake from a distance it just looks like a pink spot from all the flamingoes. The pink color, by the way, comes from something in the birds' diet; if you were to feed them some sort of processed pellet food, for example, they would revert to their natural white color.

    -- Posted by jcarney on Fri, Jun 12, 2015, at 9:37 AM
  • Wow!, The lake appears pink because of THAT MANY?

    I thought it was shrimp but according to this their are other things that help maintain their rosy glow http://chemistry.about.com/od/howthingswork/f/why-are-flamingos-pink.htm

    The next question I have is why. Nature affords some species to change color to blend in and some to scare predators away. I wonder what pink and orange do for the flamingos?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jun 12, 2015, at 9:48 AM
  • Other than make them pretty to look at their color does them no service as a deterrent for say camouflage from predators.

    Their shallow wadding keeps them pretty safe however here's a link to their known predators I found interesting!

    http://animals.mom.me/predators-flamingo-4617.html

    By the way...here is a link to the history of the plastic yard art of 1957, Hmm! I wonder if polyester pants will ever make a full recovery and be fashionable again? I hope not!

    http://www.cnn.com/2011/LIVING/07/04/pink.flamingos.mf/index.html

    This has been a great post...for me anyhow,.. thanks!...I learned a few things! You might have seen these additional links I've referred to but, if not, enjoy!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Mon, Jun 15, 2015, at 10:24 PM
  • You are right, there is more interesting about the flamingo than one would think. I got caught up in it to answer how the birds nested and became more vulnerable to predators and why the bird rest on one leg.

    There must be a good social network, since all seem to do it around the world. :-)

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Jun 16, 2015, at 3:25 PM
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