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."
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