Greater Flamingos are the most common Flamingo species, and they can be found in parts of Africa, Asia, and all over Europe, such as the ones seen here, in France. This is also the largest species, as some can grow up to 150 cm tall and can weigh almost 9 lbs. They of course do have the traditional pink feathers that make flamingos such a distinctive species.
Although none of the three birds are doing it here, flamingos commonly stand on one leg, but scientists still do not really know why they do this. One theory is that they do it to conserve body heat, or it could be to avoid getting their feet wet, but it is still one of the greater mysteries of the animal kingdom.
Flamingos are in danger of becoming extinct along the Rift Valley Lakes of Kenya and Tanzania but it is still not known why. Possible causes could be due to bacteria from the lakes or an infection in the water, but it cannot be proven. Flamingos often get their food from the bottom of lakes by stomping their feet to disturb the bottom, so if the water is contaminated, then their food will be too. This will have to be monitored closely to make sure that this species doesn't die out or become endangered.
Greater Flamingos, Phoenicopterus roseus, in the Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue, Plaine de la Camargue, Camargue, Les Bouches du Rhone, Provence, France, Europe.
I photographed this photo with the digital SLR camera model Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II, aperture of f/7.1, exposure time of 1/400 sec. on ISO 100, as always I used a original Canon Lens, the focus lenght for this picture was 400mm.
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