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Fooling Flamingos

By pamelajean
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."

Tags: Flamingos Specialist and abstract Mirrors Marwell zoo Breeding Wildlife and nature Phoenicopterus roseus

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debu 8 India
5 May 2013 5:01PM
Lovely set of images.

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Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
5 May 2013 5:39PM
Eish ! The British are clever Smile I love these images !!
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
5 May 2013 5:48PM
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!

gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
5 May 2013 5:55PM
What a great idea and it worked which makes it even better, three great images too Pamela.

RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
5 May 2013 5:58PM
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.
CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
5 May 2013 6:05PM
Someone was bright enough to follow their habits and actually do something - brilliant.
Actually makes for a brilliant abstract.
johnke 5 223 15
5 May 2013 6:09PM
Now isn't that an innovative approach Pamela, fantastic set and info...John
5 May 2013 6:35PM
Fascinating images and narrative, Pamela.

Flamingos are very photogenic.. I like the abstract visual effect very much.. A clever observation V1 !
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
5 May 2013 7:21PM
Amazing the lengths, and ingenuity, people go to. Do you think it would work in the bedroom? BlushGrin

zapar40 8 66 5 Wales
5 May 2013 9:11PM
pretty birds, lovely shots, nice to hear the ideas working.
A magnificent collection. Amazing bird.
Regards, Oleg.
xwang 9 56 8
5 May 2013 9:32PM
How amazing.. I thought it wouldn't work.. I quite like V3, the colour of the Flamingos is beautiful..
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
6 May 2013 2:04AM
A great idea with resulting wonderful image, COOL!
Ray42 10 3 England
6 May 2013 7:05AM
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
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
6 May 2013 7:12AM
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
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
6 May 2013 7:35AM
That's amazing! So glad it worked and a great piece of reportage Pamela.
brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
6 May 2013 1:36PM
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.
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
7 May 2013 1:06PM
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
evelen 13 5 England
7 May 2013 6:28PM
wonderful set of images and great write up Pamela.
6 3 8 United Kingdom
7 May 2013 8:12PM
Excellent detail on V1 and a very interesting description. I must admit just looking at V1 I wouldn't have a clue!TongueGrin
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
7 May 2013 9:00PM
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.!!!!!!
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
8 May 2013 6:42PM
Flaming osmantics! I'd never have guessed they were flamingos in these abstracts, the narrative accompanying these is most informative too
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
8 May 2013 8:45PM
Pure genius what they did with the mirrors Grin

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

Andrew Smile
Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
8 May 2013 9:37PM
Wonderfully intriguing image and a fascinating write up Pamela.
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
9 May 2013 10:20PM
I was immediately suspecting reflections, but never in my wildest dream would I have thought of flamingoes!
11 May 2013 3:32PM
Three excellent images and interesting read
Tish1 Plus
5 16 4 United Kingdom
11 May 2013 6:32PM
Always something refreshingly different. No I didn't guess.

madshutter 6 13 United States
17 May 2013 2:03AM
love all the lines in the reflections Smile
PaulLiley 8 2 13 United Kingdom
17 May 2013 8:20AM
Well spotted. Took some working out. Excellent image. paul

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