Birds, hand-colored lithograph, published in 1880
1) Rock Ptarmigan (Lagopus muta), 2) capercaillie cock (Tetrao urogallus), 3) Ostrich (Struthio camelus), 4) Male Golden Pheasant (Chrysolophus pictus), 5) Gray partridge (Perdix perdi), 6) Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia), 7) Flamingo, (Phoenicopterus ruber), 8) Great Bustard (Otis tarda), 9) Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea), 10) Eurasian Curlew (Numenius arquata). Hand-colored lithograph from my archive, published in 1880.
Flamingos congregate by Laguna Colorada, Bolivia 2
Sucre, Bolivia - 21 May 2018 Laguna Colorada (red lagoon) is aptly named. Its startling red colors derive from both dissolved red mineral deposits and algae; these contrast with blinding white white borax deposits. Located in the Bolivian altiplano, close to Chile, this is one of South America's most beautiful salt lakes. Its flamingo and llama visitors also add to its charms. Viewed in glowing late afternoon light, the lagoon and its fauna present an Eden-like vision of paradise on Earth.
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Flamingo flock, Ras al Khor Sanctuary, Dubai
Ras Al Khor wildlife Sanctuary. Rakws is located at the head of the 14Km long watercourse known as Dubai Creek, and covers an area of 620 hectares featuring sabkhas saline flats, intertidal mudflats and mangroves, small lagoons and pools, and a few tiny islands which lies at the interface between the Persian gulf and the Al Awir Desert. During winter, RAKWS supports more than 20, 000 water birds of 67 species and acts as a critical staging ground for the wintering birds of the East African-West Asian Flyway. The site hosts more than 500 species of flora and fauna and is one of the best-managed arid zone wetlands in the region. Located within Dubai city, it is an important eco-tourism destination and receives increasing numbers of local and international visitors.
© 2014 Frans Sellies