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    Posted: 08 November 2018 at 07:32
My kids loves to go to this place where there are hundreds of flamingos (few minutes off the road between home and work...). Last week (October 30) we went there and I saw a somewhat different flamingo. Few days later, the local media was excited about a rare black flamingo who visits here (for Google translated media coverage see here).
Shortly, a black flamingo was observed here 8 years ago, and after 2 years it disappeared, but then reported to be seen in Cyprus. Now it seems to be back, and it is believed to be the same individual.

1. Black Flamingo

Sony ILCE-7RM2 | Sony 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM (SAL70400G) | ISO 200 | 400.0 mm | f/5.6 | 1/1000 sec

Another somewhat unusual view was the flamingo who was standing in a funny position, outside the water, for the entire time I was there (around 45 minutes). I think it is injured.

2. Injured flamingo

Sony ILCE-7RM2 | Sony 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM (SAL70400G) | ISO 200 | 400.0 mm | f/5.6 | 1/1600 sec

And now for some "regular" flamingos...

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Sony ILCE-7RM2 | Sony 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM (SAL70400G) | ISO 160 | 400.0 mm | f/5.6 | 1/1250 sec

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Sony ILCE-7RM2 | Sony 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM (SAL70400G) | ISO 160 | 400.0 mm | f/5.6 | 1/1250 sec

5.

Sony ILCE-7RM2 | Sony 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM (SAL70400G) | ISO 200 | 400.0 mm | f/5.6 | 1/1250 sec

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Sony ILCE-7RM2 | Sony 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM (SAL70400G) | ISO 200 | 400.0 mm | f/5.6 | 1/1000 sec

And I finish with a baby flamingo...

7. Baby flamingo

Sony ILCE-7RM2 | Sony 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM (SAL70400G) | ISO 200 | 400.0 mm | f/8 | 1/1000 sec


Edited by rovhazman - 08 November 2018 at 08:15
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote Fred_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 November 2018 at 17:56
My "kids" love flamingo's too! TFS Shay
(the article doesn't show here BTW)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Hezu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 November 2018 at 18:52
Originally posted by rovhazman rovhazman wrote:

My kids loves to go to this place where there are hundreds of flamingos (few minutes off the road between home and work...). Last week (October 30) we went there and I saw a somewhat different flamingo. Few days later, the local media was excited about a rare black flamingo who visits here (for Google translated media coverage see here).
Shortly, a black flamingo was observed here 8 years ago, and after 2 years it disappeared, but then reported to be seen in Cyprus. Now it seems to be back, and it is believed to be the same individual.

Based on pictures in news articles (eg. https://cyprus-mail.com/2018/02/28/rare-black-flamingo-returns-base/), the bird seen in Cyprus has had even more black colour than the individual shown in your picture. Of course, it might be still possible that it is the same bird, which has been moulting and thus the plumage has changed.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote beardedspoooon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 November 2018 at 20:38
Very cool, great that through photography we get to vicariously experience all these things with each other.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote momech Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 November 2018 at 00:50
That is one strange bird - and I like him! Very cool coloring, and nicely photographed (would have been nicer if he'd have turned around for you).
At least here in the States anything that stands out like that is going to draw a crowd, so I suspect it's the same bird.
Like the other flamingoes too.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote waldo_posth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 November 2018 at 22:27
#2 is a very special image! I immediately feel some compassion with that bird, the second "irregular" flamingos! A great catch, Shay!

But let's face it: Even the "regular" flamingos are quite strange birds (the longer I look at them the stranger)!

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Post Options Post Options   Quote rovhazman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 November 2018 at 08:17
Thank you for the comments!

Fred, here is another reason for you to visit here... (BTW, on my computer there is no problem with the link, so I am not sure what is wrong).

Hezu, indeed the one which was observed here eight years ago and later in Cyprus was all black (which is much more impressing and unique!), but the head of the local birds observatory says that he believes it is the same individual which has been moulting as you suggested.

Tony, thank you! I also learned a lot through photography. Actually, I became some kind of bird watcher only through photography...

Roy, apparently flamingos are shy - whenever I try to get a little closer they turn around and walk away before I get within the reach of 400mm lens... If I try to get closer quickly, they just fly away.
I was there before the media coverage, so it was still unpublished. Further more, this specific spot where you typically see hundreds of flamingos and where they are nesting is somewhat a "secret" spot. There are no signs and only if someone told you about it you would know it. ~2 km south there is an official observatory, where typically you can see some flamingos, and this is where the "crowd" goes. Although it is also not a crowded place... Generally the crowded birding spots are in the north and not here in the south (although the professional birders like the south more...).

Harald, thank you! This is exactly what Tal always says - flamingo is a weird bird which looks like a cartoon...
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Fred_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 November 2018 at 20:38
Originally posted by rovhazman rovhazman wrote:

Thank you for the comments!

Fred, here is another reason for you to visit here... (BTW, on my computer there is no problem with the link, so I am not sure what is wrong).


But than I should bring the whole family, or would the be happy with jusy my pictures?
I am just getting an empty translation screen   
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