Three Flamingos – This place is for the birds!

Three Flamingos

Greeting everyone. It’s been awhile since I’ve sent out a post. I know you’ve missed me! I have been busy traveling, photographing and painting.  South Africa, Belgium and Portugal.

I’ve been working on a series of animal and bird paintings.  I paint exclusively from my photographs so whatever you see something we actually experienced in the wild, from the alligators to the zebras. I thought I would pass them along one or two at a time with a little story attached. I think the background stories are as interesting at the paintings and photos themselves.

In South Africa there are two types of flamingos. The greater flamingo is about 25 percent larger and is only partially pink with a pink bill. The lessor flamingo is smaller, mostly pink and has a darker bill. This is the greater flamingo. On our visit they seemed to be more common and less skittish. In certain areas, wherever there was shallow water there were flamingos by the dozens. The pink or reddish color of flamingos comes from carotenoids in their diet of animal and plant plankton. Flamingos whose sole diet is blue-green algae are darker pink than others.

Dave Whited – www.lakeviewimages.com

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