South America Living

Pink Flamingos on Ice?

Pink Flamingos On Ice

Pink Flamingos On Ice

When I think Flamingo…I think Don Johnson and the Miami Vice opening sequence. I certainly do NOT think of an icy cold desert tundra landscape with eardrum-shattering whistling winds — the kind that freeze your brain, like eating ice cream too fast. No way…I think tropical colors, the cool vibe of Reggeton, mojitos and people in skimpy outfits. But I most assuredly do NOT, think ice and barren windy landscapes. No sir — I do not.

Andean Flamingos at The Blue Lagoon, Bolivia

Andean Flamingos at The Blue Lagoon, Bolivia

So, it was with mouth-wide-open that I stared in awe at my first sighting of pink flamingos on ice. It kind of sounds like a cocktail doesn’t it — ‘I’ll have a Pink Flamingo on Ice, please’ — or am I just always thinking of cocktails?

Either way….

You get the point. From my world view — It’s a bit of a startling scene. Fish out of water so to speak.

Flamingo Feeding

Flamingo Feeding

Turns out there are 4 different species of flamingo to be found in South America. These flamingos are filter-feeders and their diet ranges over the entire spectrum of available foods, from fish to invertebrates, from plants to microscopic algae.

The flamingos feed from the bottom layer of the lakes and lagoons for small particles, mainly diatoms — remember that term from High School Biology? Yep — it’s stuff larger than a particle. They have a deep-keeled bill and forage in shallow salty waters for resources. They break the ice with their beaks to get to the food source below. You constantly hear the crunching sounds as they do this.

Me and my daughters visiting the Blue Lagoon, Bolivia

Me and my daughters visiting the Blue Lagoon, Bolivia

The Andean Flamingo is a migratory bird with the ability to travel up to 700 miles in one day.
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In the summer, they live in salt lakes and migrate to the lower wetlands for the winter.[7] The cause of this migration from summer to winter is possibly due to the extreme aridity of salt-flats during the winter. Talk about world travelers!

Buen Viaje Flamingos!




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