|Copyright: Matthieu Dhallenne (matt_moi) (38)|
|Date Taken: 2008-02-10|
|Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2008-04-10 1:13|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]|
|Shot in the Special Biosphere Reserve of Celestun.|
Over 300 bird species can be found in Celestun's Special Biosphere Reserve: cardinals, orioles, motmots, woodpeckers, hummingbirds, flycatchers, kingfishers, cormorants, magnificent frigate birds, herons, egrets, white ibises, wood storks, ospreys, hawks, vultures, sandpipers, roadrunners, owls, pelicans, etc. There are some endemic birds such as the Yucatan Wren, the Black-throated Bobwhite and the Mexican Shear tail Hummingbird. Celestun is considered the fourth largest wintering ground for ducks in the Gulf region. In winter you're likely to observe over 13 migrant duck species. But surely the most popular bird and the most sought after is the Pink Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber ruber)
The Flamingo is one of the most graceful and spectacular birds, but also one that depends on a fragile ecosystem - hyper saline lagoons - for survival. The Northern Hemisphere's only mainland flamingo population lives along the North and West Coast of the Yucatan Peninsula.
The flamingo feeds and nests in flocks of several thousand birds huddled together in knee-deep water or wading along muddy salt flats. It feeds on small organisms that it filters from the water through a complex mechanism in its large, specially adapted bill.
More informations about the specie here.
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