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1 February 2020

Greater Flamingos

Aesthetic appearance, courtship displays, large colonies, Greater Flamingos are special birds.
Greater flamingos in Camargue, France © Claire B. - Please do not use without authorization

In Camargue, in the Rhône delta in France, the Greater Flamingo is present all year round. I went exploring in winter 2019-2020 this wetland area bordering the Mediterranean Sea to observe the behavior of this great wading bird, its aesthetics, its courtship displays and to document its relationship with the environment and the men living here. In winter, Flamingos gather in a large colony in order to make their displays and find a partner. It is the best season to observe them up close. It is also at this time of year that they are the most beautiful with a pronounced pink plumage. I went to several places in Camargue, but the best location for observation remains the Ornithological Park of Pont de Gau. Gathered in large groups in the marshes, the birds provoke a painting of colors and patterns fascinating to observe.

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Dévoluy, France © Claire B. - Please do not use without authorization

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Chamonix, France © Claire B. - Please do not use without authorization

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Greater flamingos in Camargue, France © Claire B. - Please do not use without authorization

Greater Flamingos

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

Greater flamingos in Camargue, France © Claire B. - Please do not use without authorization

Mimicry

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

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Provence, France © Claire B. - Please do not use without authorization

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Camargue, France © Claire B. - Please do not use without authorization

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Greater flamingos in Camargue, France © Claire B. - Please do not use without authorization

Flamingo ballet

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

Greater flamingos in Camargue, France © Claire B. - Please do not use without authorization

Flights and behaviors

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

Greater flamingos in Camargue, France © Claire B. - Please do not use without authorization

Pink feathers

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

Greater flamingos in Camargue, France © Claire B. - Please do not use without authorization

Courtship displays

Observation of a flamingo colony doing courtship displays in Camargue.

Greater flamingos in Camargue, France © Claire B. - Please do not use without authorization

Close-up discovery

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

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