Sunday, August 7, 2011

Pink Flamingos

For this weeks Mosaic Monday and That's My World I have Flamingo photos from my recent visit to the Smithsonian National Zoo in DC.




This past Saturday, hubby and his cousin and I visited the Smithsonian Zoo in DC. It was a treat to see a juvenile Pink Flamingo along side the adults. I usually like to post wild birds on my blog but this was the first time I have seen a flamingo chick and it was a neat sighting. Look at that bill and those legs and feet.


I learned something new about the Flamingos there are actually six different species: the Greater Flamingo is found in Africa and Asia, the Lesser Flamingo found in Africa and India, the Chilean Flamingo found in South America, James's Flamingo found in high Andes Peru, Chile, Bolivia and Argentina, the Andean Flamingo also found in Peru, Chile, Bolivia and Argentina and the last one is the American Flamingo found in the Caribbean and Galapagos islands.




Flamingos eat brine shrimp and brine flies which give them their pink color. Flamingo pairs make mud mound nests and incubate one egg for about thirty days. Chicks leave the nest after ten days and join other chicks and watched by the adults.


Flamingos are 42 inches tall from the tip of their head to the tip of their tail. And can stand as tall as 5 feet. They weigh 5 or 6 pounds. Doesn't seem like much does it?  And their wing span is 55 inches.

And to show the Pink Flamingos moving around with the chick I am linking up my youtube video.'


I hope you enjoyed my Flamingo post and to see more wonderful mosaics please visit Mary's Mosaic Monday  and visit That's My World for photos from around the world. Thanks to Mary and to the hosting gang of That's My World.

I hope you all have a wonderful week! Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

66 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

wow. the babies are neat! and i had no idea their coloring came from brine shrimp! very cool!

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, How exciting to get to see living Flamingos! I am green with envy. I used to innocently irritate my Southern California neighbors by having a pair of yes, plastic pink flamingos on metal wire legs on my front yard lawn. I love flamingos! Have a super nice evening and a great coming week!

Kerri said...

FANTASTIC!!

Marydon said...

I've never seen a chick before. Awesome!
Have a beautiful week ~
TTFN ~
Hugs,
Marydon

ellen b. said...

Very cool Eileen. I loved learning this extra info on Flamingos and seeing the chick! When we were in D.C. there was so much to see I never got to the zoo...

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

That poor baby flamingo with the too big feet is so cute. They have a lovely shade of peach. V

A Garden of Threads said...

Wow, what a cutie. Great video. Take care and have a fantastic week.

black eyed susans kitchen said...

I spent many a summer visiting my grandparents in Tampa every summer. I loved going to see the flamingos. This post made me smile...ear to ear!

rainfield61 said...

I am green with envy, but the post made me smile...ear to ear!

missing moments said...

That was very interesting! Especially about their coloring. Photos are great!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

That is incredible! Even thought I live in Florida for most of the year...I have never seen a flamingo! I would be thrilled to see one! WOW! ♥

Pondside said...

Flamingos get a bad rap with all those plastic ones flocking on peoples' yards! In life they are so very beautiful - although that little one could have starred in a remake of The Ugly Duckling, poor thing!

Vee said...

This post is so neat. I've never seen a chick before and didn't know that flamingos are pink because they eat shrimp. Fascinating. I also like to see how the chick rests with his knees bent that way.

Bernie said...

The baby is rather cute. I had no idea there were that many different species of Flamingo or that eating brine shrimp and brine flies will make you pink! Great mosaics.

betchai said...

i like your mosaic contrasting the colors of a juvenile and matured flamingo.

NatureFootstep said...

wow, that´s a "header" for sure. Thinking of the headershot. :)

Lovely birds and I loved seeing the young bird. Don´t think I have seen it before. It is amazing how they "sit" it looks so awkward. :)

Elaine said...

Even if they weren't in the wild these are lovely! I didn't realize the pink color came from their food intake.

Jackie said...

Morning Eileen

Not too sure about the chick, thank goodness it turns into a beauty as it gets older. We visited a safari park a few years ago when in France and they had hundreds if flamingoes, they are quite a sight all together aren't they. Have a good week, Jackie in Surrey, UK.

Sue said...

It makes my knees hurt looking at how that chick is sitting--LOL!!
:D

Diane Writes said...

Hello Eileen! I discovered your blog from Mary's Mosaic party. I live in the city so I don't often see such beautiful animals. I'm back reading your posts and I hope to know you better. :) I hope we could develop a connection by following each others blogs. Have a great day!

GrandmaK said...

I learned so muh about flamingos I didn't know!! Beautiful pictures too! Have a grand week! Cathy

Snap said...

What fun! I love flamingos. The zoo here had babies this last year and they'd had a flamingo walk every morning ... walking the babies to the pond each morning until they were old enough to stay out each night. What a hoot to go and watch them!

Cassy said...

Great shots! it's my first time to see "flamingos". Nice post.

Cassy from Advanced Guitar Lessons

Jill Harrison said...

Lovely pics and story Eileen. I don't think I've seen a chick before. Of course I have seen flamingos in the zoo, but I saw some in the wild in the south of France in 2005. The great flocks taking flight would be simple amazing to watch.

Calling Ravens said...

Very Cool!

Jen said...

So awesome!

Riet said...

HI Eileen. Those flamingo's are gorgeous. I love their color and elegance and I am sure the little ones will grow up just as beautiful. Thank you for sharing. Your mosaics do them all so good.,

Mama Zen said...

How cool! I've never seen a flamingo chick before.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I never saw a juvenile flamingo before, either, Eileen. I can't believe how large it's feet are! Nice MM and MWT post!

Sylvia K said...

I love zoos! One of my most favorite places to visit and this one looks terrific, Eileen! And I do love the flamingos! Wonderful captures of what must have been a delightful visit! Hope you have a great week!


Sylvia

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Wow those birds are something else! The pictures don't look at all as if they were taken at a zoo -- looks like you were right out there with them -- excellent job. There are supposed to be flamingos in Florida, but so far we haven't seen been in the right place.

Dina said...

Love the flamingo shots. It's weird to see th juvenile ones so big and still fuzzy gray. I need to get there someday. Hope you got to see the pandas.

Gary said...

I didn't know about the brine shrimp providing their colour.Great post. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Indrani said...

Such gorgeous creatures.

Rajesh said...

Very lovely birds. You have created wonderful mosaic with images.

Carver said...

Very interesting post. I didn't know much about flamingos so I learned something. All good shots and I particularly love the one of the chick.

ewok1993 said...

thanks for sharing. hasn't seen a flamingo chick before either.

Ebie said...

They are so graceful too! I do not recall seeing gray colored flamingos!

Beautiful photos!

Life Ramblings said...

the flamingos are so gorgeous. it must have been a real treat to see these up close.

Luna Miranda said...

they're gorgeous creatures! how interesting that what they eat makes their color. great post.

Fjällripan said...

Interesting post and beautiful shots! :)

Stewart M said...

Hi there - they really are a strange bird! What a range of features - crazy beaks, knees that bend the wring way, pink!

Nice set of shots.

Cheers - Stewart M

Samson said...

Beautiful shots indeed... great post

EG Wow said...

That sure is a ton of flamingos all in one place! They are such a beautiful colour!

Arija said...

Pink flamingos are just awesome birds with the magic of their colour and snake-like necks and crazy looking beaks. Great pictures.

Lina Gustina said...

Amazing birds. Lovely shot :)
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Cheri said...

Wonderful shots of a great subject. Love that zoo. I have seen flamingos in FL. Such cool birds.

Carolina Mts

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Great post and mosaics! I never knew the reason pink flamingos were pink before. The juvie is so cute! I saw my first juvenile Sand Hill Crane this year but sadly, didn't have a camera with me.

Gallery of the Mountains said...

Very cute babies - thanks for stopping by!

Denise said...

Your flamingo pictures and video are great Eileen. I love flamingo's, they can be pretty comical and still beautiful to look at. That little juvenile is so cute.

Kilauea Poetry said...

So colorful..had heard of the shrimp but not the flies. What a crowd..a nice mosaic and header. Your video brought a nice addition too Eileen:)

Natasha in Oz said...

I have never seen a flamingo chick-they are amazing birds aren't they! We don't see them at all over here, only in zoos. Thanks so much for sharing the video too. What a great post!

Best wishes,
Natasha.

Mary said...

What fun to see the young flamingo! I had no idea they turned pink from their diet! Thanks for the fun info & photos :-)

Phil said...

Love the pink flamingos Eileen - great video too.

Elettra said...

These pictures are spectacular !!!!!!!!

Kathiesbirds said...

Never saw a flamingo chick before myself either. That beak and those long legs always get me!

wilbo43 said...

They are magnificent birds and the chick is grey, that's interesting. They are so tall I could eyeball one. Lovely shots.

diane b said...

Somebody in this house signed into my computer and didn't sign out again, so I have been merrily commenting as him instead of me. Wilbo 43 was me not him.

SquirrelQueen said...

Oh wow, great post Eileen. I have never seen the little ones before. While I knew how they got their coloring I guess I wasn't expecting to see a gray chick. He is a cute little thing.

ladyfi said...

Stunning shots of the flamingos! I knew the chicks were grey but didn't expect them to have such enormous feet and beaks. I guess, like kids, they grow into them.

forestwalk/laura k said...

beautiful flamingos!! like squirrelqueen said...i knew their coloring came from shrimp...i just never thought about the chicks NOT being PINKISH-ORANGISH yet! great pictures!!

Andrew said...

A wonderful series.... beautiful birds to see.

Wren said...

One of my favorite places, and I love the flamingos. So nice to see the babies, too. Something about those big feet...

forgetmenot said...

Great shots of the flamingos! Five to six pounds--they must be all feathers!! Have a great weekend. Mickie :)

Pieces of Sunshine said...

I didn't realise flamingos were so tall and light-weight. Love you last photo.

NEL said...

Flamingos are a lovely sight. Very interesting Blog.