The Fabulous Flamingo
Edie Ann Mendenhall
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I love this photo showing the detail of the Flamingo's mouth. This odd bird feeds like whales and oysters, they are filter feeders. They bend their heads down to the water and put their heads upside down, this is why the top beak is smaller than the bottom. They get their pink color from eating brine shirmp, blue green algae and other crustaceans.
Strange Flamingo Fact - the Romans considered the Flamingo tongue a delicacy!
The beautifully exotic Flamingo was once seen by the thousands in South Florida. By the late 1800s they were eradicated due to feather and egg harvesting. In recent years sightings of flocks of Flamingos has increased and it has now been established that there are native birds living in Florida!
I recently visited Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park and spent a much of my time watching the beautiful Flamingos. It was early morning and I loved the way the sunbeams made their way through the shade of the big old oak trees to highlight the animals in the park.
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July 1st, 2018
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