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Flamingo Juvenile

By Mike_Smith
Thank you very much to NDOD's UA on my previous shot i appreciate it. Today i have a Juvenile Flamingo that hatched at the wetlands back in November last year, as you can see it hasn't yet got its adult plumage colour. I decided to try a close up head shot hope you like it

Chilean flamingos live in large flocks in the wild and require crowded conditions to stimulate breeding. During breeding season, males and females display a variety of behaviors to attract mates, including head flagging—swiveling their heads from side-to-side in tandem—and wing salutes, where the wings are repeatedly opened and closed. Males and females cooperate in building a pillar-shaped mud nest, and both incubate the egg laid by the female. Upon birth, the chicks have gray plumage; they don't gain adult coloration for two-three years. Both male and female flamingos can produce a nutritious milk-like substance in their crop gland to feed their young

Tags: Birds General Bird Wetlands Chilean flamingo Wildlife and nature Phoenicopterus chilensis

Voters: ColleenA, Hermanus, Lillian and 42 more

Readers' Choice Awards are given to photos that get over 30 votes


ColleenA Plus
7 440 6 Australia
12 Aug 2013 6:25PM
A superb capture Mike, love your crop and composition..

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Hermanus 7 4 South Africa
12 Aug 2013 6:30PM
Great back ground info on these amazing birds Mike ! An excellent image you have here
Lillian Plus
10 23 17 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2013 6:31PM
Lovely close shot Mike
With lovely detail in the eye
12 Aug 2013 7:04PM
Beautiful close up Mike, super composition and detail,
NDODS 9 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2013 7:14PM
A beautifully sharp and superbly detailed capture of this juvenile Flamingo Mike. For me however I feel that the letter box style crop doesn't really work. One might like to consider a taller slim crop as to emphasise the length of the neck, or similarly a square crop to allow one to appreciate the shape and form of the head. "Just a thought Mike"

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
Growmore 10 4 3 England
12 Aug 2013 7:34PM
Well detailed Mike a great close up shot.
12 Aug 2013 7:42PM
An excellently detailed capture Mike. I love the crop and the b/g is superb.
12 Aug 2013 7:50PM
Great close-up. Well captured image.
12 Aug 2013 8:20PM
Excellent detail Mike love the eye
richmowil Plus
10 370 2 England
12 Aug 2013 8:50PM
Excellent detail Mike!! Composition superb!!
12 Aug 2013 8:50PM
Yes I definitely do like it Mike. Great shot and love the write up. Cathy
morpheus1955 13 3 2 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2013 8:55PM
Superb shot, excellent composition, detail and tones

12 Aug 2013 9:08PM
A lovely close up shot Mike..Lin
pluckyfilly 13 351 33 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2013 9:21PM
Excellent detail and write up Mike, were these found at Washington WWT? I took som pics but of the group rather than a single image - mainly as they were not playing ball when I visited (too close that day)
12 Aug 2013 9:31PM
First-class picture without any doubtSmile
Regards Valery
Jenny-D 9 1 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2013 10:22PM
Super close up image Mike.

Jenny Smile
danbrann 15 640 17
12 Aug 2013 10:33PM
I wouldn't like a peck from that one mike.
12 Aug 2013 10:42PM
You seem to have lots and lots of wonderful butterfly and bird images taken with a great skill ! Sad that this is the first time i happen to notice them,but,anycase, iam impressed !SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile ---Jukka.
johnlw 12 1 10 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2013 10:52PM
A cracking image Mike.
Regards John.
boov 6 2 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2013 3:00PM
Super image this.......
lovely sharp photo like it. christineGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Maiwand 12 3 73 England
13 Aug 2013 4:07PM
Superb head shot Mike. Excellent narrative.GrinGrinGrin
Lillian Plus
10 23 17 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2013 10:57PM
Great shot Mike
BIGRY1 7 3 8 United Kingdom
14 Aug 2013 6:44PM
Beautiful close upGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Potra 6 Venezuela
18 Aug 2013 10:01PM
Excellent capture!

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