Mimicry
Early January, I note the increase in belligerent behavior between Greater Flamingos and wonder about their mimicry.
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13 January 2020

Texts and photographs by Claire Blumenfeld

Mimicry
Early January, I note the increase in belligerent behavior between Greater Flamingos and wonder about their mimicry.
Informations
13 January 2020

Texts and photographs by Claire Blumenfeld

NOTE

The holidays are over and the new year has arrived. It has been a bit more than a week since we changed to 2020. I am going back to Camargue to take new photos of the Flamingos for a photography competition taking place in May. The Camargue Festival. Deer Santa did not put a telephoto lens in the chimney (given the price I don’t blame him for) and I am still limited in my photographic approach. I must make with what I have. This time I decide to try as much as possible to take the flamingos close to the water and from below. In order to highlight their slender body and give the impression of being right next to them.

Here I am back at the Pont-de-Gau ornithological park. It is a Sunday and there are many more people than during my previous visits. The atmosphere is different and I have a little trouble immersing myself in the environment. Several groups of birds are doing the displays. The others seem to doze in the traditional posture of the neck folded over the body balanced on one leg. The alignment of the folded necks forms a fascinating pattern. While observing the group sleeping I realize that at times their gossip double in power. Whenever a flamingo moves in the middle of the group, it seems to wake up the others who then start to gossip it in an irritated way and peck it! It only lasts a few seconds until the bird stops and the calm resumes. But as soon as a bird moves, it is slandered by its neighbors! Surprising. I hadn’t noticed this so clearly during my previous visits. Why do birds react this way to the passage of one of their congeners? Do they defend a territory? Are they unhappy to be disturbed? Or is this a group where couples are already formed? I seem to see me several times a larger flamingo (probably a male) repelling the “intruder” as it passed by the side of a smaller flamingo (a female probably). Are the birds defending their couple? Are they willing to fight? Or is it just a way to be noticed? Are they more aggressive now when they are looking for partners?

I recently read a book called « Habiter en oiseau » by Vinciane Despret which questions our approach to territory in birds studies and reveals that its meaning can be multiple. And that our limited human conception of the territory often prevents us from understanding its real meaning in bird’s life. Are flamingos territorial birds? What does territoriality mean within a colony? A whole universe of research seems to open up to me.

I also continue to observe the movements of the flamingos fascinated by the beauty that radiates from it and by the mimicry and synchronicity that seem to take place. How is it possible that several birds suddenly do the same gesture? Whether by the most total chance (two birds cleaning themselves in the same way) or during courtships (where the whole group performs the same movements). Is this quasi-choreography dance obvious only to the observer? Or is there really harmony within the colony? Does living together synchronize birds? Is it this harmony that gives the impression of beauty to birds and the colony? How do they communicate? I think that I should also focus on the analysis of their cries to understand a little more.

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VI. A step towards future

After five years of traveling, I am back in France with the desire to jump in the future. The first step involves the creation of content reflecting my skills and intended for my candidacy in the University of Bristol Wildlife Filmmaking Course. I focus on nature and animals. The world around me. During the months of November, December 2019 and January 2020, I work on the creation of videos, photographs and articles on the subject of Camargue and more broadly on the theme of flora and fauna. I seek to develop my understanding of the environment around me and my observation of wildlife. Then in February 2020, I am back in Chamonix for a second season in hospitality while awaiting the response of my application to Bristol. As I have been working for several weeks, a global health crisis starts following the appearance of a new virus and the world ends up in quarantine.

Themes
Dispatches
Greater Flamingos in Camargue, France © Claire Blumenfeld

Close-up discovery

Discovery of Greater Flamingos up close at the Pont de Gau ornithological park.

Flamants Roses - Camargue - France - © Claire Blumenfeld

Courtship displays

Observation of a flamingo colony doing courtship displays in Camargue.

Greater Flamingos in Camargue, France © Claire Blumenfeld

Flights and behaviors

Observation at the end of the day in Camargue of flamingos’ flights and behavior.

Flora, Camargue, France © Claire Blumenfeld

Land of nature and men

What is Camargue? How have history and human exploitation shaped this deltaic plain? And what are the current challenges for the natural environment?

The Sainte Baume range, Provence, France © Claire Blumenfeld

End of the year in Provence

Stroll in the Provencal landscapes in winter, rediscovery of the Garrigue and conclusions about this end of a decade.

Greater Flamingos in Camargue, France © Claire Blumenfeld

Mimicry

Early January, I note the increase in belligerent behavior between Greater Flamingos and wonder about their mimicry.

Chamonix, France © Claire Blumenfeld

In a world at a standstill

France is confined to try to slow the spread of the virus and I observe nature which buds with the arrival of Spring.

Galleries and videos
The green nature of the Highlands of Scotland © Claire Blumenfeld

Colors of Earth

Work of arrangement of my landscape photographs according to their colors.

Greater Flamingos in Camargue, France © Claire Blumenfeld

Pink feathers

Pink, red and white. Poetic impressions about the Flamingo of Camargue.

Greater Flamingos in Camargue, France © Claire Blumenfeld

Flamingo ballet

Movements of a colony of Greater Flamingos illustrated through rhythm and repetition.

A butterfly Plain Tiger in the Australian countryside © Claire Blumenfeld

Wildlife

Wild animals are a source of discovery and permanent inspiration.

Greater Flamingos in Camargue, France © Claire Blumenfeld

Greater flamingos

Aesthetic appearance, courtship displays, large colonies, Greater Flamingos are special birds.

Chamonix, France © Claire Blumenfeld

Natural beauty

Nature is complex, diverse and magnificent. By changing the angle, the poetic approach reveals the natural beauty.

Chapter

VI. A step towards future

After five years of traveling, I am back in France with the desire to jump in the future. The first step involves the creation of content reflecting my skills and intended for my candidacy in the University of Bristol Wildlife Filmmaking Course. I focus on nature and animals. The world around me. During the months of November, December 2019 and January 2020, I work on the creation of videos, photographs and articles on the subject of Camargue and more broadly on the theme of flora and fauna. I seek to develop my understanding of the environment around me and my observation of wildlife. Then in February 2020, I am back in Chamonix for a second season in hospitality while awaiting the response of my application to Bristol. As I have been working for several weeks, a global health crisis starts following the appearance of a new virus and the world ends up in quarantine.

Themes
Dispatches
Greater Flamingos in Camargue, France © Claire Blumenfeld

Close-up discovery

Discovery of Greater Flamingos up close at the Pont de Gau ornithological park.

Flamants Roses - Camargue - France - © Claire Blumenfeld

Courtship displays

Observation of a flamingo colony doing courtship displays in Camargue.

Greater Flamingos in Camargue, France © Claire Blumenfeld

Flights and behaviors

Observation at the end of the day in Camargue of flamingos’ flights and behavior.

Flora, Camargue, France © Claire Blumenfeld

Land of nature and men

What is Camargue? How have history and human exploitation shaped this deltaic plain? And what are the current challenges for the natural environment?

The Sainte Baume range, Provence, France © Claire Blumenfeld

End of the year in Provence

Stroll in the Provencal landscapes in winter, rediscovery of the Garrigue and conclusions about this end of a decade.

Greater Flamingos in Camargue, France © Claire Blumenfeld

Mimicry

Early January, I note the increase in belligerent behavior between Greater Flamingos and wonder about their mimicry.

Chamonix, France © Claire Blumenfeld

In a world at a standstill

France is confined to try to slow the spread of the virus and I observe nature which buds with the arrival of Spring.

Galleries and videos
The green nature of the Highlands of Scotland © Claire Blumenfeld

Colors of Earth

Work of arrangement of my landscape photographs according to their colors.

Greater Flamingos in Camargue, France © Claire Blumenfeld

Pink feathers

Pink, red and white. Poetic impressions about the Flamingo of Camargue.

Greater Flamingos in Camargue, France © Claire Blumenfeld

Flamingo ballet

Movements of a colony of Greater Flamingos illustrated through rhythm and repetition.

A butterfly Plain Tiger in the Australian countryside © Claire Blumenfeld

Wildlife

Wild animals are a source of discovery and permanent inspiration.

Greater Flamingos in Camargue, France © Claire Blumenfeld

Greater flamingos

Aesthetic appearance, courtship displays, large colonies, Greater Flamingos are special birds.

Chamonix, France © Claire Blumenfeld

Natural beauty

Nature is complex, diverse and magnificent. By changing the angle, the poetic approach reveals the natural beauty.

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À propos

Claire Blumenfeld. La trentaine. Passionnée de nature, voyages et découvertes. J’observe le monde, la vie autour. Je cherche des réponses sur moi-même. Entre carnets, photos, vidéos et notes, voici les chapitres de ma vie. Le récit de mes errances.

Claire Blumenfeld. La trentaine. Passionnée de nature, voyages et découvertes. J’observe le monde, la vie autour. Je cherche des réponses sur moi-même. Entre carnets, photos, vidéos et notes, voici les chapitres de ma vie. Le récit de mes errances.

Stories and creations about nature and travel

by Claire Blumenfeld

About

Claire Blumenfeld. Thirty years old. Passionate about nature, travel and discovery. I observe reality, seeking answers about the world and myself. Between dispatches, photos, videos and notes, here are the chapters of my life. The story of my wanderings.

Claire Blumenfeld. Thirty years old. Passionate about nature, travel and discovery. I observe reality, seeking answers about the world and myself. Between dispatches, photos, videos and notes, here are the chapters of my life. The story of my wanderings.