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This may qualify for Silly Sunday.
I wonder if you were able to work out what V1 was before viewing the other versions. There's a bit of a clue in the left panel.
It was the distorted reflections that captured my attention, and I had no idea why the mirrors were there, thinking it was just an interesting bit of art.
Anyway, I'm going to tell you what it is because it's so fascinating.
Flamingos are very social birds that live in colonies from a few individuals to several thousands. Before breeding, individuals may break off and form smaller groups. Although flamingos in captivity have bred in small groups, it is believed that they generally prefer the safety of larger groups. Marwell Zoo's current group of greater flamingos, 17 females and 14 males, have never bred and so they used a novel approach to encourage them to breed.
To help give the illusion of an increased flock size they placed six mirrors next to one of their favourite resting sites. To complement and reinforce the visual effect they also added an auditory effect: a speaker which plays sounds of greater flamingos.
AND IT WORKED! It looks like the hard work has paid off as the flamingos started laying eggs, and they’re now delighted to announce the arrival of their first ever flamingo chick, Moja - meaning number 1 in Swahili.
The Daily Mail said, "Staff at Marwell Wildlife Park have been willing the exotic birds to produce offspring since 1972. Now, four decades later, they've finally got their wish - after employing ingenious tactics to get the creatures in the mood."
Pamela.

Camera:Fujifilm FinePix HS20EXR
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Focal Length:19mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/100sec
Exposure Comp:-0.3step
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:AP
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White Balance:sunny
Title:Fooling Flamingos
Username:pamelajean pamelajean
Uploaded:5 May 2013 - 4:58 PM
Tags:Breeding, Flamingos, Marwell zoo, Mirrors, Phoenicopterus roseus, Specialist / abstract, Wildlife / nature
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debu
debu e2 Member 4debu vcard India
5 May 2013 - 5:01 PM

Lovely set of images.
debu

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Hermanus
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5 May 2013 - 5:39 PM

Eish ! The British are clever Smile I love these images !!

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EAS
EAS e2 Member 5EAS vcard Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2013 - 5:48 PM

Loved your write-up with such interesting info. Great set to go along with it. Think it has to be V1 for me. Stunningly abstract beauty!

Ann

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gary_d
gary_d e2 Member 7576 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales13 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2013 - 5:55 PM

What a great idea and it worked which makes it even better, three great images too Pamela.

gary

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 5143 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2013 - 5:58 PM

I didn't manage t work out what was going on here from V 1 but what a great and wacky idea by someone, and one that has obviously worked so well.
A great write up on what's going on to supplement the images, Pamela.
Ronnie.

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CaroleS
CaroleS e2 Member 441 forum postsCaroleS vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2013 - 6:05 PM

Someone was bright enough to follow their habits and actually do something - brilliant.
Actually makes for a brilliant abstract.

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johnke
johnke e2 Member 156 forum postsjohnke vcard South Africa9 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2013 - 6:09 PM

Now isn't that an innovative approach Pamela, fantastic set and info...John

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Philip_H
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5 May 2013 - 6:35 PM

Fascinating images and narrative, Pamela.

P.

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Michaela_Solway
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5 May 2013 - 7:20 PM

Flamingos are very photogenic.. I like the abstract visual effect very much.. A clever observation V1 !

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41122 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England137 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2013 - 7:21 PM

Amazing the lengths, and ingenuity, people go to. Do you think it would work in the bedroom? BlushGrin

Dave

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zapar40
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5 May 2013 - 9:11 PM

pretty birds, lovely shots, nice to hear the ideas working.
ant.

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Oleg_Lobzin
Oleg_Lobzin e2 Member 4Oleg_Lobzin vcard Russian Federation
5 May 2013 - 9:31 PM

A magnificent collection. Amazing bird.
Regards, Oleg.

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xwang
xwang e2 Member 531 forum postsxwang vcard 7 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2013 - 9:32 PM

How amazing.. I thought it wouldn't work.. I quite like V3, the colour of the Flamingos is beautiful..

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
6 May 2013 - 2:04 AM

A great idea with resulting wonderful image, COOL!

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Ray42
Ray42 e2 Member 6Ray42 vcard England3 Constructive Critique Points
6 May 2013 - 7:05 AM

An opportunity well taken - quite imaginative of you and the wardens - quite interesting piece of art - one you have to keep looking at there always being something new you spot

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Lillian
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6 May 2013 - 7:12 AM

Now V1 was a guessing game Pamela,
and it was not long ago I photographed these beautiful birds
would not have guessed
but thanks for the versions
a definite for V1, perfect
Lillian

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AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 5192 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
6 May 2013 - 7:35 AM

That's amazing! So glad it worked and a great piece of reportage Pamela.
Ann

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brownsilent
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6 May 2013 - 1:36 PM

Sometimes it is very fascinating how nature works! Great set of images, v1 is pure art, v2 is interesting to see the whole thing. and finally, v3 shows us so well the beauty of these birds.
Johanna

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TrevBatWCC
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7 May 2013 - 1:06 PM

A very interesting story, Pamela, and a great set of images too - I wouldn't have guessed just from V1, which has to be my fave Wink
Trev Smile

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evelen
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7 May 2013 - 6:28 PM

wonderful set of images and great write up Pamela.
eve.Smile

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BIGRY1
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7 May 2013 - 8:12 PM

Excellent detail on V1 and a very interesting description. I must admit just looking at V1 I wouldn't have a clue!TongueGrin
Ryan

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bricurtis
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7 May 2013 - 9:00 PM

Apart from seeing Flamingo's in V1 I had no idea what was going on. What an amazing story re breeding - hope it progresses and was not a one off.!!!!!!

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Glostopcat
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8 May 2013 - 6:42 PM

Flaming osmantics! I'd never have guessed they were flamingos in these abstracts, the narrative accompanying these is most informative too

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ChiliMan
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8 May 2013 - 8:45 PM

Pure genius what they did with the mirrors Grin

Superb captures, Pamela, and thanks so much for sharing this with us! Amazing...

Andrew Smile

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Rende
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8 May 2013 - 9:37 PM

Wonderfully intriguing image and a fascinating write up Pamela.
Rende

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annettep38
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9 May 2013 - 10:20 PM

I was immediately suspecting reflections, but never in my wildest dream would I have thought of flamingoes!

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ChristineD
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11 May 2013 - 3:32 PM

Three excellent images and interesting read

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Tish1
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11 May 2013 - 6:32 PM

Always something refreshingly different. No I didn't guess.

Tish

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madshutter
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17 May 2013 - 2:03 AM

love all the lines in the reflections Smile

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PaulLiley
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17 May 2013 - 8:20 AM

Well spotted. Took some working out. Excellent image. paul

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