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Jamess flamingos

Jamess flamingos (Phoenicopterus jamesi) feeding by Laguna Colorada (the Coloured Lake), Bolivia, at sunset. Flamingos have exceptionally long legs and long, flexible necks. They submerge their bills in the water to feed by filtering algae and other tiny organisms. Jamess flamingos, along with the other two types of Andean flamingos, flock to this lake to raise their chicks from November. This salty lake lies within the Salar de Uyuni, a salt basin on the Bolivian altiplano (mountain plateau) that lies over 3.5 kilometres high in the Andes mountains

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This print captures the mesmerizing sight of Jamess flamingos gracefully feeding by Laguna Colorada, also known as the Coloured Lake, in Bolivia. As the sun sets over this stunning natural oasis, these magnificent birds showcase their exceptionally long legs and flexible necks while submerging their bills in the water to filter algae and other tiny organisms. The lake serves as a vital breeding ground for Jamess flamingos and two other types of Andean flamingos. Every November, these elegant creatures flock to this salty basin within the Salar de Uyuni, a salt desert situated high in the Bolivian altiplano of the majestic Andes mountains. In this arid landscape, where sodium chloride abounds, these beautiful birds find sustenance and create colonies to raise their chicks. The shallow waters provide them with an abundant food source while offering a safe haven for reproduction. As they graze together in harmony, forming a vibrant spectacle against the backdrop of dry terrain and mineral-rich surroundings, it is evident that nature's wonders are at play here. This image encapsulates not only the unique beauty of Jamess flamingos but also highlights their crucial role as grazers and filters within this delicate ecosystem. Science Photo Library has masterfully captured this moment in time when wild life thrives amidst challenging conditions. It reminds us of both our planet's extraordinary diversity and its fragile balance that we must strive to protect.

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