Morning Open Thread – Flamingo Flamenco

Morning Open Thread is an open discussion forum for human interest news of the day.

Sorry about that, there will be no “human interest news” today, instead the topic is for the birds.  😉

From BBC Earth:  “There are six different species of Flamingo, Liz Bonin visits the Slimbridge Wetlands Centre in the UK to find out more about the greater flamingo. In their efforts to attract a mate they do something no other Flamingo species does…”

In the second video, “Flamingos gather in their tens of thousands on the edges of Lake Bogoria, a saline, alkaline lake fringed with giezers.”


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4 Responses to Morning Open Thread – Flamingo Flamenco

  1. shortfinals says:

    Ahhh! Slimbridge! I remember a small, ceramic duckling – bright yellow – which stood on a shelf in my Mother’s living room for many years. It was a relic of an organised school trip I took to Slimbridge (the first and only time I saw a Nene Goose). Sir Peter Scott – who founded the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust – was an amazing person. Twice decorated naval hero (he fought his war in the Royal Navy’s steam gunboats) and the only child of the doomed Antarctic explorer Robert Falcon Scott, Sir Peter did many things – and did them well.

    He’s the sort of person you would have enjoyed, Chuck. When he took up gliding, he did so well that he became British Champion (and later, President of the British Gliding Association).

    Oh, and he saved the Nene (or Hawaiian Goose) from extinction by a controlled, captive breeding program.

  2. I saw a few flamingo’s in Florida but not very often. They are interesting birds, good subjects for drawing. It’s impressive when they take flight.

  3. Good morning, dxp! I have only seen them in zoos. One of the factoids I remember is that these tall, leggy birds weigh in at about 5 or 6 lbs.

  4. wordcloud9 says:

    Thanks Joy for the flamingos —

    Many years ago, we were drafted by our neighbors across the street as Pink Lawn Irregulars — there was a long-running gag in her family with a pair of lawn flamingos being ‘stolen’ from one family lawn to appear on another family lawn — you lost major points it you got caught, so we kept an eye out for flamingo planters, and when our neighbors stole the pair, we shipped the birds to her family members in Oregon while our friends were visiting other family back East so they’d have an alibi. So the Flamingo Lawnium Plasticus has a special place in my heart.

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