Wild Bird Wednesday – Flamingos


Okay, so they might not exactly be “wild”, as they live at Sea World, but Flamingos are one of my favorite birds. Flamingos make me think of summer!

Flamingos are found in warm, watery areas of many countries. They have long curved necks with black tipped bills that bend downward. This bill helps them feed on small fish, plankton, etc. Their webbed feet help stir up the bottom of the shallow waters in which they feed. They eat by burying their bills and sucking in the water and mud. They have a filterlike structure in their beak that “strains” the food from the water, which is expelled.
Their pink color comes from shrimplike crustaceans. Babies are born gray and white, the pink color takes about two years to develop.
Flamingos are usually found in flocks, as they find safety in numbers since they spend so much time with their head down in the mud! 

Thanks for stopping by!
Martha

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Wild Bird Wednesday – Barn Swallows

Or should I say bridge swallows? On a camera outing last summer, I visited several covered bridges in the Allentown, PA area. As I was enjoying a beautiful evening along a nice stream that ran under one of the bridges I kept noticing swallows flying overhead, and then flying under the bridge. I got brave and headed under the bridge to check it out, and I was treated to a large population of swallows! The nests were over flowing!!! 

 

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Birds of Florida – Wild Bird Wednesday

One of the things I miss about living in Florida is the abundance of different wildlife. Here in Pennsylvania where I live, the wildlife is pretty basic. I need to go “into the woods” to find more exciting species. As I don’t have much time to get back to nature most of my photos are of the birds and squirrels that visit my patio!

As I just stumbled upon this meme, I am not prepared with any new photos, so I am going to take a trip back to one of our visits to Black Pointe Wildlife Refuge in Florida. This was about a 45 minute drive from our home and we visited quite often. It was a nice “Sunday drive”.

Great Egret
Great Blue Heron
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