Whales, Wildlife & Wilderness                                                                                                                                                 Pam & Wayne Osborn

Kenya - Flamingos

From The Flame

Flamingo is derived from flame in Latin and flamenco in Spanish. Great imagery for these flamboyant birds.


These images were all taken at Lake Bogoria - a Great Rift Valley lake and wetland of international importance. The shallow soda (alkaline) waters lap against the Siracho Escarpment and host a remarkable population of greater and lesser flamingos.


The greater flamingos have a pink bill and the lesser flamingos have a dark bill. Juveniles of both species have dark bills.


With their specially adapted bills, the flamingos feed on the abundant cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) produced in the lake's hyper saline waters.