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**Shhh...afternoon nap time**

**Shhh...afternoon nap time**
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Copyright: SDF DF (puffy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 0 N: 339] (1351)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 300D, 18 - 55, KeyMen 512MB, UV
Exposure: f/4, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-08-06 4:01
Viewed: 4124
Points: 38
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(Phoenicopterus roseus)

What type of animal?

Where does it live? Southern Europe to central Asia, northwest Africa and South Africa

What's it covered with? Feathers

Natural habitat? Lagoons, lakes, estuaries and marshlands, tidal flats and sandy islands in intertidal zone

What does it eat? Shrimps, algae, shellfish and insect larvae

In the pink: Cartenoid pigments, found naturally in a variety of plants and animals provide flamingos with their pink colouring. The algae, shrimps, shellfish and larvae that the flamingos filter out of the water and eat, all help to keep them in the pink.

A flamingo with one leg? Like us, when they relax weight is put more on one leg than the other.

Birds of a feather really flock together: Very social, flamingo flocks may number up to tens of thousands. Flamingos are able to breed by the age of six. Low cone shaped nests are made of mud, usually bare mud, in shallow water or on island lakes. A single white egg is laid and cared for by both parents. Young are able to fly at around 78 days.

So life’s easy? The constant threat of floods and predators such as other birds, foxes, mongooses and hyenas mean life is always a struggle.

Home address: Southern Europe to central Asia, northwest Africa to South Africa.

Auckland Zoo has a flock of 17 greater flamingos. Apart from a couple of aged individuals in Australia, this is the only flock of flamingos in Australasia, which were imported from Slimbridge Zoo in England in 2001.

Because of New Zealand’s biosecurity laws, the process of importing these flamingos was a long and complicated one. Auckland Zoo’s Exotic Bird team leader Michael Batty spent several months at Slimbridge Zoo in England, where he saw these chicks through their incubation and hatching, and hand-reared them at this facility for the first two months of their lives. When the chicks were between the ages of 6 and 10 weeks, they were flown to Auckland and quarantined at the Zoo for some weeks before settling into their present enclosure.

Above information is from here


Waiting for this animal to take a good shot is not easy, I have been waiting for hours, just to see if anyone of them will let me take a good shot! Some of them did wake up every now and then, but I am too slow to take the photo, so miss most of it. I gave up at the end as my young son already complaining about staying in one place too long. After downloading, I quite like the composition myself, please do give me your critiqued and comments, I like to hear what you guys think. :) Thanks in advance and have a good weekend. :D

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To Jancie: Thanks Pal...puffy 1 08-14 00:19
To sway: Hi Suepuffy 1 08-06 05:45
To dew77: Hi Sebnempuffy 1 08-06 05:43
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Lol, excellent image... love the colours, contrasts and the pose of the birds. Patience is the name of the game, and here yours was rewarded.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-08-06 4:15]
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Hello Sweety!
Very nice capture.Clear details,reflection on water,pose of flamingos,POV,framing and composition are wonderful.Excellent work again my friend!Have a nice,sunny weekend.TFS...:-)

Great reflection. Excellent composition and frame. Your subject is so unusual - I don't think I've ever seen a photo of sleeping flamingoes before.

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  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2005-08-06 4:37]
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Hi Sweety,
I like your compositon too. I also like how all 3 birds are sleeping. we see lots of action shots so some sleeping shots are good too. Nice to see the Flamingos finally at the zoo. The enclosure was there last time I was up but not the birds.
I also like the reflections in the water. The curve of the concrete edging also looks great in the composition of the photo.
Well done

Very good shot ! The exposure is superb. The colours are excellent.
Very nice shot.

Hello Sweety!
Artistic capture.I liked position of birds,POV,framing and composition very much.Thanks for sharing.

Sweety, this is a great photo. Great colours, sharpness excellent, a very nice composite and good note. TFS

Hi Puff, stunning capture. I think this is one of your best from the Zoo. True. Well composed, the 3 birds look so good there playing statues. The one of the right is not as sharp as the other two, but I don't care about that at all. The reflections in the water are superb. The details and colours are excellent, and I love your framing. Well done friend!

An excellent composition. The colors are very soft and beautiful. The reflection in the water really adds to the photo

Brilliant shot!
Excellent composition, very nice colour.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-08-06 9:03]

Bonjour Sweeety, this composition is marvellous. Very well done and TFS Didier.

Love the composition with the trio and their reflection. Flamingos are interesting animals and their color is well shown. Much more natural than the bright pink so often shown. Wonderful! TFS :-)

Hi Puffy, this is a beautiful motive, I like the reflection of the sleeping flamingos.
A good contrast with the dark background.
Good POV and DOF, I can see so clear - all 3 are standing on only one leg - thats always funny. Thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Sweety,

wonderful picture. I like this very much. Great work.


Hello Sweety

Great shot! Love the pose of the Flamingo. Lovely colours and light. Excellent composition and presentation. Nice work. Thanks.

Hey Sweety,

This is a wonderful shot. Your composition is so nice. You've also done well with the exposure of the light bird on the dark background.

Well done

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-08-08 3:40]

Beautifull composition Sweety! They look like ballet dancers. Fragile, with nice colours, POV and reflection in water. Great photo!

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-08-13 6:23]

Hi Sweety, I have no time to write a decent comment. I give to you the well deserved smily.

Weekend thought:
The most beautiful and profound emotion we can experience is the sensation of the mystical.
It is the sower of all true science.
He to whom this emotion is a stranger,
who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead.
To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists,
manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty
which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their primitive forms,
this knowledge, this feeling, is at the centre of true religiousness.
- Albert Einstein -

Thank you for sharing pictures and notes and for the enjoyment which they give to me.

This is a lovely photo, Sweety.

Your patience paid off, and now we are able to also enjoy this pretty and interesting composition.

I like very much the soft gentle color of these flamingos with their strange one-legged pose.

Well done and thank you for sharing it with us.

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