Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Flamingo Fasination -Repost


Flamingos often stand on one leg. The reason for this behavior is not fully known. A leg is tucked beneath the body, because the flamingo like some other animals has the ability to have half of its body go into a state of sleep, and when one side is rested, the flamingo will swap leg and then let the other half sleep, but this has not been proven. It is often suggested that this is done in part to keep the legs from getting wet, in addition to conserving energy.

At first glance, the flamingos appear to be all pink. there is a hidden striking feature that is only visible when the Flamingo is in flight or spreading its wings
There are 12 principal flight feathers located on each wing. These black feathers are visible when the wings are extended.



Flamingos are very gregarious, very loud and they enjoy being in crowds and socializing with each other.









Nature is the art of God. The landscape belongs to the person who looks at it. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

22 comments:

Sunny said...

I'm really enjoying your Flamingo posts, they are such majestic birds. I look forward to more.
Sunny :)

Ginny said...

I'm trying to decide wheather these are your best posts yet. One thing I love;you teach us things and make it fun. Thanks for the answer on the species differences. What a great surprise to see the black featrhers!! I never knew that. And the info about half of their bodies is just plain wild!!!

MedaM said...

I have just seen all your posts of birds photos and I am impressed. I am sorry that I don't have time to comment each of them; I can only say that all photos are spectacular and that I really enjoyed.

SquirrelQueen said...

Flamingos are such interesting birds unlike most other feathered species. It is interesting that they sleep on one leg and then trade. I had never noticed the darker feathers. Great shots!

It's fun to see your posts before we met. Maybe we should all do this once in awhile.

BlueShell said...

Gorgeous, Sandra! That is God's work indeed!
Kiss

Madi and Mom said...

Well I'll be...I had ABSOLUTELY no idea their under wings were black!!
The rich pink and velvety black are very striking!!

Mom thinks the Flamingos might have invented Yoga since they are so good at standing on one leg.

MOL
Hugs and thank you for these gorgeous pictures,
Madi and Mom

Pam :) said...

Beautiful shots, Sandra. Their colors are beyond gorgeous.
So glad you reposted them. Thanks for sharing.

Farida of In Love With Sunflower said...

They are lovely Ms Sandra! I had this experience too when we had a trip in Singapore last March. The photos you took are very vibrant and beautiful. You must have heard many ooohs and aaaahs from the rest of the visitors while taking these snaps :D

Take care always!

George said...

Thanks for the information and pictures of flamingos. I don't believe I've seen (or noticed, at least) the black feathers before.

EM Illustrator said...

These birds has always fascinated me, with their looks and color. Great photos. Hope you're having a good day. Am just in from work a few minutes ago, only two more days to go now...this week is really dragging along.

Eva

Ginny said...

I am astounded by the beauty of these pictures! Each and every one is my favorite!! I love the black touches, too. I have wanted to see a flamingo forever and finally got my dream at the zoo this month. But they did not look this pretty!!!! They were such a pale pink that they looked almost white. Maybe they get darker in certain seasons. But they did have those pink knees. In your header, you are nestled inside a flying leaf and snapping all below, I still love it. You are commander of your leaf spaceship and rule all you see. Really, this would make a fantastic children's book, you could get rich from it, no kidding! You could expand the story and write about seeing things that wasteful adults do, more pictures, then send it to an editor.

Ginny said...

P.S. I could say I knew you when....

Rose said...

Sandra, these are wonderful! I did not know about the black feathers.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Sandra, thanks for all the interesting facts about flamingoes and the wonderfully colorful photos of these interesting birds. Glad that Debby is leaving your area shortly.

EG CameraGirl said...

I'm learning a lot about flamingos here!

BlueShell said...

Hope the tornado is gone...and hope you are Okay!
Have a blessed day, ear.
Isabel /BlueShell

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Beautiful photos of the Flamingos, Sandra. I think of them when I think of Jungle Gardens.. I think that is the first place I ever saw flamingos.

Your blog didn't come up on my reader nor dashboard for some strange reason.
Hugs,
Betsy

Betty Manousos said...

i always love your falmingo shots!

excellent!!!

Catherine said...

Such colorful birds! Lovely shots!
xo Catherine

Kathy said...

I love flamingos and these are some of the best photos I've ever seen of these beauties!

SweetMarie said...

These silly birds have always cracked me up!
I've running behind, again!

DawnTreader said...

Such a colourful bird. Have you ever seen them fly? We have some at our zoo but they're paler in colour. Either there are different subspecies or they don't get enough sun! :)