Friday, 2 September 2016

Flamingos at the salt water basin of Jan Kok, Curacao

A taxi driver brings us to the Jan Kok area to see flamingos. It is not known very well because she was not aware flamingos could be spotted here. A sign warns visitors not to feed or disturb the tropical birds.

We were very happy to visit the Jan Kok salt basin because there were so many flamingos. The most we ever saw in the wild. It was like they were posing to have their picture taking, like pink models on the catwalk. Two males were challenging each other to impress a female. Their long neck bending in all directions. They seem fragile but this is not the case.

In a solitary spot stood a white flamingo. This one is still young and gets his pink color as an adult depending on the food he consumes.

Een taxi chauffeur brengt ons naar het Jan Kok gebied om flamingo’s te spotten. Dit is niet echt gekend want de chauffeur wist niet dat men hier flamingo’s kon aantreffen. Een bord waarschuwt bezoekers de tropische vogels niet te voeden of te storen.

We waren heel blij de Jan Kok zoutwater vlakte te bezoeken want we hadden nog nooit zoveel flamingo’s samen gezien in het wild. Ze leken net te poseren om hun foto te laten nemen, zoals een model in een roze mantelpakje op de catwalk. Twee mannetjes daagden elkaar uit voor de aandacht van een dame. Hun lange nek boog in alle richtingen. Flamingo’s zien er wel teer uit maar zijn het werkelijk niet. 

Ergens alleen stond een witte flamingo. Deze is nog heel jong en krijgt pas zijn roze kleur als volwassene na het eten van de juiste voeding. 
 
Jan Kok Flamingo Curacao

Jan Kok Flamingo Curacao

Jan Kok Flamingo Curacao

Jan Kok Flamingo Curacao

Jan Kok Flamingo Curacao

Jan Kok Flamingo Curacao

Jan Kok Flamingo Curacao

Jan Kok Flamingo Curacao

Jan Kok Flamingo Curacao

Jan Kok Flamingo Curacao

Jan Kok Flamingo Curacao

Jan Kok Flamingo Curacao

Jan Kok Flamingo Curacao

Jan Kok Flamingo Curacao

Jan Kok Flamingo Curacao

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9 comments:

  1. Het zijn prachtige vogels, ik hou er ook van.

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  2. om genoegen om dit te zien Filip

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  3. Wonderful pictures! Of course they are exotic to us, because there are none here. They must have a healthy diet because they are so pink!

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  4. Wonderful images! I was told while visiting Great Inagua that they are fine eating, but of course I never ate!

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  5. You're right! I've never seen so many flamingoes. I also didn't know that juveniles are white. Great pics Filip.

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  6. Beautiful flamingos and top shots

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  7. my favourite are orange ones..

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  8. They are such a delight to see, you are very lucky to find them!

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  9. Beautiful birds. Have never seen on in reality.

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