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Andean and Chilean Flamingo Flock

Andean and Chilean Flamingo Flock
Photo Information
Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds MkII
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): The Wildlife, Plants and Scenery of Chile [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-10-03 6:34
Viewed: 6204
Points: 31
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This shot shows two species of south american flamingo - Andean (left and right - with darker neck) and Chilean (centre - lighter neck and less black).
Taken from a 4x4 window with 300mm + 1.4x converter).

The Chilean flamingo is a tall, large bodied bird with a long neck and small head. Most flamingos, including this species, have pale pink plumage and bills. This subspecies of flamingo is slightly smaller than the Caribbean flamingo and has gray legs with pink bands at the joints.

The Andean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus andinus) is a bird species in the flamingo family restricted to the high Andes in southern Peru, Bolivia, northern Chile and northwestern Argentina. It is closely related to the smaller James's Flamingo, and the two are placed in the genus Phoenicoparrus.

Like all flamingos it lays a single chalky white egg on a mud mound.

Andean Flamingos, like all flamingos, feed by filtering small items from water with their specialised bills. They have a deep, narrow lower mandible, which allows them to eat small foods such as diatoms, in contrast to the wider bill of larger species, which take bigger prey items.

Most of the plumage is pinkish white. The Andean Flamingo is the only species of flamingo that has yellow legs and feet. Its bill is yellowish as in James's Flamingo, but with a much more extensive black tip.

The Andean Flamingo is at risk of extinction because of hunting, its long breeding cycle, and the low number of breeding sites around the world.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-10-03 6:41]

Hello James,
Very nice scene along the road. Beautiful natural colours, excellent sharpness and a good composition and DOF.

great flamingos, I envy u for seetings them, TFS Ori

A splendid shot of these flamingos James.
TFS and regards,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-10-03 6:54]

Hello James,
Interesting to see these two species of Flamingo together in a well taken, sharp and well illuminated capture in what I presume is high up in the Andes.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-10-03 7:39]

What a great flamingo capture!
Lovely colors,great details.

Hi James
That's really beautiful and informative picture.
I like composition and colours. Sharpness is also very well.
Your note is also very interesting
Thanks for sharing

I like very much the birds' different movements: on the left of the picture, the animal is still busy feeding - on the right they are already striding on, nearly "leaving the scene". This achieves an interesting geometry created by the animals' slim legs.
Further, the slightly blurred foreground draws the attention firmly onto the birds!

Just one question: was the water really flowing downhill? Please let me know - in the meantime
I straightend the photo and posted it to your workshop. I hope, you do not mind!
Kind Regards

An awesome shot, James!
I love the subtle differences in the two species that you've so beautifully displayed here.

Hi James
great shot with nice note, this is indoor birdwatching

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-10-03 10:56]

Hi James. This is a bird i have only seen in a zoo but maybe one day in the wild. Its a very natural compostion of the birds feeding. With good colours showing the types of Flamingos. Well taken TFS.

Hello James, lovely birds ! I like composition and colours. Nice to see these two species of Flamingo together. Your note is also very interesting, best wishes


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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-10-03 11:25]

Hi James,

Another outstanding image. Nemaipomenta play with some beautiful colors.
Have a nice weekend,

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-10-03 11:48]

Hello James, fine shot of these flamingos.
TFS and R's,

Hi Big Bro James,

An awesome capture of these two kind beatiful flamingos in their natural environment while their in motion.
TFS and have a nice Sunday!


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-10-04 1:02]

Hello James.
A great shot. Very well composed, with good clarity, depth of colour and sharpness. Detail is spot on.Best regards Siggi

Hello Peter,
Hermosa imagen chilena de éstos bellos y danzantes flamencos. Very well diˇone.
TFS. Feran.

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