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Greater Flamingo

 

One of the advantages of living near to the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust Centre at Martin Mere is fairly easy access to a wide range of girds with the possibility of getting a few reasonable photographs.

There is a small group of GreaterFlamingos resident at Martin Mere, this is just one of them.

The Greater Flamingo, or Phoenicopetrus ruber roseus, is the subject of a conservation success story. The main breeding ground is in the Camargue, in the South of France, and it became so badly eroded that no successful breeding was recorded there for much of the 1960s. Only after conservationists provided an artificial island complete with man-made mud nests, did breeding recommence.

Greater Flamingo

 

One of the advantages of living near to the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust Centre at Martin Mere is fairly easy access to a wide range of girds with the possibility of getting a few reasonable photographs.

There is a small group of GreaterFlamingos resident at Martin Mere, this is just one of them.

The Greater Flamingo, or Phoenicopetrus ruber roseus, is the subject of a conservation success story. The main breeding ground is in the Camargue, in the South of France, and it became so badly eroded that no successful breeding was recorded there for much of the 1960s. Only after conservationists provided an artificial island complete with man-made mud nests, did breeding recommence.

comments (13)

  • Mary MacADNski
  • escaped the cabin for a day - fever abated
  • 7 Jan 2008, 01:09
I visited a similar place in Ontario las year with an aunt and uncle but it held a swan breeding program with artificial islands and the like.
  • Mary MacADNski
  • escaped the cabin for a day - fever abated
  • 7 Jan 2008, 01:11
I meant to say how much I like your photograph of the flamingo. It's a lovely classic pose. Very nice!
Les Auld: Thanks Mary, I ahd to wait ages for him to turn side on and stay still.
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 7 Jan 2008, 01:55
Very creatively captured and framed for us, Les, just like yesterday's flower! Bravo.
Les Auld: Thanks Ginnie, I went through a phase of framing and then came out of the oter side, maybe time to go back in.
  • Aussie
  • back on nights.
  • 7 Jan 2008, 06:09
Beautiful capture Les, Love the soft colours.
Les Auld: Thanks Aussie. had to wait for this.
Great composition. The tight crop really works.
Les Auld: Thanks Ian, this was one of a series of heads.
  • Shakara
  • Herts , UK
  • 7 Jan 2008, 07:50
Nice portrait..
Les Auld: Thanks Shakara, appreciate the comment.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 7 Jan 2008, 08:32
Great picture. I like the framing approach you have here as with yesterday's.
Les Auld: Thanks Loius, glad you like it.
  • Ann
  • SucÚ sur Erdre - France
  • 7 Jan 2008, 08:39
Nice shot !!! This flamingo seems to be so quiet ... It's a soft photo ...
Les Auld: Thanks Ann, he was slowly walking around and I had to wait a while for the right pose.
Superb composition Les. Bravo
Les Auld: Thanks Richard, appreciate the comment.
  • Tracy
  • Stoke on Trent UK
  • 7 Jan 2008, 13:22
Wicked shot Lessmile
Les Auld: Thanks Tracy, I think so too.
That is one hell of a beak. Great crop as well ... oops I suddenly realise that could well be taken two ways. Oh! and delightful hues. richard
Les Auld: Looks quite lethal Richard, thanks for the comment.
Beautifully done Les
Les Auld: Thanks Bill, glad you like it.
A quality picture Les
Les Auld: Thanks Nigel, appreciate the comment.

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