Posted by: danielfee | November 12, 2012

Travel Photo of the Day 11-12-2012

 

Flamingo Race – Nassau, Bahamas

One of the odd things you can see the Bahamas is a pink flamingo race. Well, it is really not much of a race since the handler just walks behind them as they try to run away. In the Bahamas the flamingo is the national bird. There are six species of flamingo and the ones found in the Caribbean are known as the American Flamingo. Young flamingos hatch with greyish reddish plumage, but adults range from light pink to bright red due to aqueous bacteria and beta carotene obtained from their food supply. A well-fed, healthy flamingo is more vibrantly coloured and thus a more desirable mate; a white or pale flamingo, however, is usually unhealthy or malnourished. Flamingos often stand on one leg, the other tucked beneath the body. The reason for this behavior is not fully understood.

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  1. They look just like the plastic ones!


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