Tuesday, October 26, 2010

flamingos!

18 Comments:

Blogger Devika said...

Nice photo, dear...the movement of their necks is quite fascinating :)

wishes,
devika

Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at 10:40:00 PM EDT  
Blogger firebird said...

Devika--thanks--do you have flamingos anywhere in your area?
These are in the local zoo...they are so bizarre to watch, and so charming!

Friday, October 29, 2010 at 1:45:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Gillena Cox said...

they are soooo cute

much love
gillena

Friday, October 29, 2010 at 8:14:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Devika said...

yes dear bird, Flamingo is a migratory bird in Delhi's lakes and seen in Delhi zoo as well -- but they are more white; may be a different breed, :)

wishes,
devika

Friday, October 29, 2010 at 11:56:00 PM EDT  
Blogger firebird said...

Gillena--yes, they are cuter every time I look at them! Thanks for stopping by my menagerie!

Devika--wow, white flamingos, sounds beautiful--I wonder where they are migrating from?
I think the zoos here give them a special diet of shrimp and other orange foods to keep their orange color. So maybe the whiter color is natural to them?

Saturday, October 30, 2010 at 9:54:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Hayden said...

I just love that guy in the middle facing towards us.... such an unruly mess of feathers... appealing!

they are such magical birds...

I think that shrimp are responsible for the color of wild salmon, too. They use dye in the kibble they feed farmed salmon to keep them marketable.

Saturday, October 30, 2010 at 7:22:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Lorraine said...

enchanting and look at that colour, beautiful photo fb

Monday, November 1, 2010 at 7:54:00 AM EDT  
Blogger firebird said...

Hayden--yes, I think he's precious too! Thanks for the info on salmon--I had thought that farmed salmon were always a gray color inside, but maybe not any more--does that mean we can't tell which is which?

Lorraine--thanks, I love when an awesome photographer likes my photos!

Monday, November 1, 2010 at 2:06:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Hayden said...

yep, no way to tell. The rude truth is that some absurd number... maybe 50%? more "wild" salmon are sold than are caught.

Ahem.

But then, there's no label requirement, no legal definition for "wild."

I like to imagine the salmon farmer's defense: "well, they don't come when they're called, so I figure they're wild."

On the left coast I used to look for specific designations... Alaskan, chinook, etc. Here? I don't know how to tell. And Atlantic salmon is milder than Pacific anyway, which adds to my confusion. Sigh. It's no longer a 'safe choice' in my thinking.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at 8:28:00 PM EST  
Blogger Hayden said...

But the flamingos are still gorgeous!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at 8:28:00 PM EST  
Blogger firebird said...

Hayden--I guess that means my dog is "wild", also!
Thanks for the info--albeit not the greatest news...

Thursday, November 18, 2010 at 2:02:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are amazing!

Sunday, January 9, 2011 at 7:39:00 PM EST  
Blogger Hayden said...

Missing your voice and photos in the blogosphere - and hoping you are well!

(recently read that all fish marked "atlantic salmon" are now farmed - that there no longer is commercial fishing for atlantic, it's collapsed. I don't know, haven't seen this verified elsewhere. Same article said that unlike canned tuna, which is safe to eat 1-2X a month, that he would not recommend EVER eating farmed salmon, but didn't go into detail on the problems beyond 'it's the food.')

no salmon farms have yet been permitted in Alaska, so if it's marked Alaskan (and they're not lying...) shd be wild.

Monday, January 17, 2011 at 10:36:00 AM EST  
Blogger firebird said...

Hayden--thanks for the update!

Monday, January 17, 2011 at 4:49:00 PM EST  
Blogger Hayden said...

Just saw your last note on mine - minds connecting, yes? Of course, you and I don't believe in esp -- ;-)

what are the chances? And we've done this before.

Monday, January 17, 2011 at 5:35:00 PM EST  
Blogger Para Bell said...

Awesome picture!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at 4:42:00 AM EST  
Blogger firebird said...

Para--lovely to see you here, and I enjoyed visiting your blog for the wonderful photos!

Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 1:49:00 PM EST  
Blogger Janice Thomson said...

Delightful birds to watch - good shot! We get them here on their migratory flight - a treat to see on the lake...

Monday, March 21, 2011 at 2:51:00 PM EDT  

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