Weekly Photo Challenge: Close

As you enter the Pretoria Zoo in South Africa, you are drawn to the bed of water that is home to a large group of Flamingoes. Their pink-coloured bodies cluster together as they feed, drink or stand one-legged in the sun.

Flamingoes at the Pretoria Zoo. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

Watching the birds, one can see their sense of community as they stand close together whether they are in the wading pool, or standing on the ground.

Flamingoes in the wading pool. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

They may be standing close together, but each bird is looking to feed itself within their cluster.

Flamingoes looking for tasty morsels to eat. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

We spent quite a bit of time at the zoo looking at this flock of birds. When thinking of the Pretoria zoo, this is the scene that springs to my mind. I find their plumage beautiful and their stance unusual.

Have you visited a zoo and seen Flamingoes?

(Join us each week for the Photo Challenge posted at The Daily Post at WordPress.com. This week’s prompt is: Close)


40 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Close

  1. Did you know that there are more plastic flamingos than there are real ones? Just thought I’d throw that in… I love the pictures. Is there a “Love” button?


    1. A “love” button is a good idea 🙂
      Believe it or not, these birds are in danger of extinction because people take their eggs and pollute the environment of their lakes.


  2. How beautiful they are… I have visited a few months ago but in here they didn’t seem so nice as yours… maybe because of the weather conditions… Thank you dear Colline, love, nia


  3. We have 2 zoos in Chicagoland, Colline. THe larger one is in the suburbs and it is huge. The 2nd one, Lincoln Park Zoo, is in the city and is the oldest “free admission” zoo in the country. Both have flocks of flamingoes. It is somewhat of an event when the Lincoln Park flamingoes are herded and walked from their winter quarters to their summer wading pool. They really are quite beautiful and your photos of them are well-shot.


  4. Hi,
    They are gorgeous the Flamingos you just can’t help but love their colour, they certainly do stand out. Yes we have Flamingos is some of our zoo’s and I have been lucky enough to see them, just magnificent.


  5. Beautiful post Colline. I felt like I was there myself as I looked at the exciting images. Flamingoes are stunning with grace like a “ballerina.” I’ve seen a few at sea world but not this many. Have a great day my friend. Thanks.


    1. Thank you – I know as I view other posts based on the weekly challenge, I always have questions in my mind on the photo. When I create my own post, I therefore try tp answer any questions a viewer may have.


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