Returning from the pharmacy which is situated 3km from town, we have to pass the town sewage works. I was taking photos of the new and neat fence surrounding it, when Rina pointed out that there were different birds on the dam of reticulated water.
Grant stopped the car, I got out and focused. I'm rather miffed that the images don't seem to be at all clear. I'm not sure if there was too much glare on the water. I took the photos at about 3.19pm in the blazing hot afternoon sunshine, and struggled to see well on the screen...
The Greater Flamingo is larger and whiter than the Lesser Flamingo with a pale-pinkish, black-tipped bill. In flight it shows conspicuous red and black wings. Although it's a locally common resident, it's near threatened.
It's highly nomadic and partially migratory, usually in large flocks. It favors saline or brackish shallow water bodies (such as above). Its food is aquatic invertebrates such as brine shrimps and brine fly (larva) also algae.
It's call is a goose-like double honk - honk given in flight. The Greater Flamingo is monogamous and colonial. Its nest is a cone of mud.
I'm linking to Wild Bird Wednesday here, hosted by Stewart Monckton. If you're a keen birder and would like to share your sightings and photos, please do join this meme.
Happy Wednesday to you all!