Watch flamingos filter feed underwater

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What I’ve always been curious about with flamingos is that they seem to be adapted to water of a very specific depth; six inches deeper or shallower, and their whole body plan is useless. They must be worried about climate change.

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If you’re ever fortunate enough to find yourself on the island of Bonaire, be sure to visit the salt flats on the southern end of the island - that’s where the flamingos are. They hang out in the salt pans and feed on the krill there and then - every night, just as the sun is setting - they all (hundreds of 'em) rise up, filling the sky with pink and soaring only a few meters overhead - and then they all fly off 70 miles to Venezuela for the night. Incredible.

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Cool! So, next question – Why are their feet webbed?

Easier to hang onto when playing croquet.

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I went to see the documentary about these fascinating birds called “Pink Flamingos”… Boy was I disappointed!!!

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