My backyard woodpecker
Daytona Beach, Florida 1956 National Geographic photo
Kenya’s Pink Flamingo Migration
Flamingos are truly unique birds and have never been bred in captivity. A large source of them, over 2.5 million to be more specific, migrate in unison between the alkaline lakes in the East African Rift Valley of Kenya. The need to migrate is due to food source depletion and breeding seasons. Between April and June, Kenya’s Lake Nakuru is overrun with pink flamingos who’ve come to feed on the lake’s blue-green algae.
Lake Nakuru National Park has grown in size and significance, and offers its visitors a rare vision of the pink flamingos as their display is a spectacular sight, especially if you have the opportunity to spot them soaring in flocks overhead.
The park also contains a sanctuary for the critically endangered rhino which border the lake and is home to a population of protected Rothschild’s giraffes, two varieties of waterbuck that are unique to Kenya, as well as lions, cheetahs, and leopards.
Kyoto June 2013