Check Out The Glorious Sight Of Flamingos On Lake Bogoria

TravelandLeisurePublished: November 21, 20172,794 views
Published: November 21, 2017

A stand, a colony, a regiment of pink flamboyance. What is it? A flock of flamingos in Lake Bogoria, Kenya. Such a sight! Pink, wading birds with their necks into the water. The most striking are the numbers in which they appear and their color.

The word ‘flamingo’ comes from the Portuguese or Spanish language, from the word flamingo that literally means ‘flame-colored’. It is a feast for the eyes to see flamingos in such large numbers, however there is a reason for it - flamingos stay in large colonies on purpose – the large colonies are a precautionary measure against predators, and they are a favorable environment for breeding and growth of the young. So, not only beautiful, but they are also sociable birds.

An interesting fact is that their color comes from their diet. Young flamingos hatch with greyish or light reddish feathers, but adults range from light pink to bright red depending on the plant plankton and beta-carotene obtained from their food supply.

If you happen to be a bird lover and you enjoy bird-watching safaris, Lake Bogoria is the place to visit. It is an alkaline lake with natural steam jets, hot springs and geysers, having a natural reserve status since 1973. It is also widely known for the large flamingo colonies visiting the lake. They tend to arrive when the waters are low – around late August to early October, just before the short rains. When there, remember to take your camera, it is a breathtaking sight.

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