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Greater Flamingos of the Algarve

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Yesterday myself and partner took a trip to Ria de Alvor. Although it was for a picnic and for me to Kayak around the fantastic estuary at Alvor (video here if you are interested), I took my camera and 300mm lens (remembering that my 500mm is still out for repair).

Ria de Alvor is a nature reserve and home to many different birds including the Greater Flamingo.

The adult Flamingos were not in a great position and difficult to get to photograph, however, some of the younger birds were very close to the paths. I also had a 1.7x Teleconverter with me to take the 300mm to 500mm and although the quality isn’t as great as the 500mm lens, still a good backup.

As you can see, they are not pink!?!? Greater Flamingo’s plumage only turn pink after a few years as an adult, these youngsters are yet to turn.

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(Young) Greater Flamingo - Phoenicopterus roseus

(Young) Greater Flamingo - Phoenicopterus roseus

(Young) Greater Flamingo - Phoenicopterus roseus

(Young) Greater Flamingos Squabbling - Phoenicopterus roseus

(Young) Greater Flamingo - Phoenicopterus roseus

(Young) Greater Flamingo - Phoenicopterus roseus

(Young) Greater Flamingos - Phoenicopterus roseus

I did manage to get some of the Pink adults from a distance too

Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus)

Great Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus)


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