American Flamingo
Phoenicopterus ruber
The American Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) occurs in the Caribbean and can sometimes gather in large numbers along the coast of Yucatan, Mexico. The species is a rare visitor to the United States and has been recorded a few times in Florida and Texas. The birds in the shot at right were photographed in August, 2000, near Rio Lagartos, Yucatan with a Canon EOS 1N and EF300mm F2.8 lens with a 1.4X extender from a Gitzo tripod on Fuji Velvia pushed one stop. The next 4 shots on this page were digital captures on the Galapagos Islands in July, 2003, with a Canon EOS 10D and an EF 70-200mm F/2.8 L IS lens. Scroll down for more images.
The birds in the next 4 shots were foraging in a brackish pond on Santa Cruz Island. These shots were taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III and EF 500mm F/4 L IS lens and 2X extender.
The next 19 shots on this page were taken at various locations on the Galapagos Islands in July, 2007.
The 2 shots shown here of a bird taking flight and a pair in flight were taken on Santa Maria Island in the Galapagos with the same camera as above, but with an EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6 L IS lens.
I really like this shot as the pair of birds are almost mirror images of one another, right down to the tips of the wing feathers. I took a series of shots of this pair as they passed by, but this was the only image in which they are so well matched. The rest of the shots were taken on the same island as above and with the same camera but using the 500mm F/4 lens again. Some of the close ups of preening birds show some really nice detail.
The next five shots show more flamingos on Santa Cruz Island in the Galapagos, but these shots are all from August, 2010, and were all taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and a Sigma 50-500mm lens.