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#1 Tom Kellie

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Posted 26 May 2015 - 08:36 AM

Phoenicopterus ruber in Lake Bogoria.JPG

 

Phoenicopterus ruber in Lake Bogoria

 

Photographed at 10:06 am on 10 February, 2014 in Lake Bogoria National Reserve, Kenya using an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II super-telephoto lens.

 

ISO 800, 1/4000 sec., f/5.6. 400mm focal length, handheld Manual exposure.

 

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Due to the flooded lakeshore, we had a bumpy ride on the hillside overlooking Lake Bogoria. A hare, several female greater kudu and various birds had enlivened the drive.

 

Upon reaching a geyser area, Anthony produced eggs to cook in the boiling water. This Phoenicopterus ruber, Greater Flamingo, was quietly wading in the water, its color drawing our admiration.


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Posted 26 May 2015 - 05:11 PM

Hi @Tom Kellie ...very nice pic...especially the reflection of the greater flamingo in the water. ..have you visited lake nakuru also...plz share some pics
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Posted 26 May 2015 - 09:30 PM

Hi @Tom Kellie ...very nice pic...especially the reflection of the greater flamingo in the water. ..have you visited lake nakuru also...plz share some pics

 

~ Hello and thank you, @gagan

 

Yes, I've visited Lake Nakuru 4 times, and will very likely visit it for a 5th time two months later.

 

There are lovely flamingos throughout the world, thus I placed this topic under ‘Worldwide birds’.

 

I'm so pleased that you liked the Lake Bogoria flamingo. 

 

According to your request, I'll add a Lake Nakuru flamingo image.

 

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Posted 26 May 2015 - 09:41 PM

Phoeniconaias minor at Lake Nakuru.JPG

 

Phoeniconaias minor at Lake Nakuru

 

Photographed at 10:33 am on 9 February, 2014 at Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya using an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II super-telephoto lens.

 

ISO 800, 1/5000 sec., f/5.6, 400mm focal length, handheld Manual exposure.

 

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Observing and photographing flamingos at Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya, has been a hit or miss proposition in each of the four visits I've made there.

 

Rising water levels have affected food supply, thus the picturesque immense flocks of flamingos are less frequently seen.

 

These Phoeniconaias minor, Lesser Flamingo, were feeding in a lake-side puddle, their distinctive plumage a splash of improbable pink.


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Posted 26 May 2015 - 09:51 PM

~ @gagan

 

One reason I've refrained from posting flamingo images until now was because I've seen such stunning massed flamingo shots by others, which I've never yet been in a position to make.

 

Another reason is that I've fretted about identification, as in the field I've confused the two flamingo species found in East Africa.

 

I'm not a birder, lacking their refined skills, thus am more clumsy in identifying species.

 

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Posted 27 May 2015 - 03:01 PM

~ @gagan
 

One reason I've refrained from posting flamingo images until now was because I've seen such stunning massed flamingo shots by others, which I've never yet been in a position to make.

 

Another reason is that I've fretted about identification, as in the field I've confused the two flamingo species found in East Africa.

 

I'm not a birder, lacking their refined skills, thus am more clumsy in identifying species.

 

Tom K.


Aah @Tom Kellie ..you are so humble....just give your best everytime ..whether it is photography or any other thing...nobody is a real master here...
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Posted 27 May 2015 - 08:31 PM

 

Aah @Tom Kellie ..you are so humble....just give your best everytime ..whether it is photography or any other thing...nobody is a real master here...

 

~ @gagan

 

Much time is devoted to establishing correct identification.

 

Yet even after doing so, errors creep in.

 

Fortunately, other Safaritalk members graciously correct by sending private messages.

 

I like that about Safaritalk.

 

Tom K.



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Posted 27 May 2015 - 09:36 PM

@Tom Kellie  Ahh!! You are already using ISO 800.


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Posted 27 May 2015 - 09:55 PM

@Tom Kellie  Ahh!! You are already using ISO 800.

 

~ @Geoff

 

It's been known to happen.    :) 

 

Nonetheless, in the upcoming late July safari — 50 days hence — I'll be following your kind suggestion and making greater use of it.

 

Very likely maintaining ISO 800 throughout entire game drives, in order to see how it goes, especially in more bird-rich areas.

 

You may be sure that I'll be thinking of you, truly wishing that you were along for the game drive, camera in hand.

 

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Posted 28 May 2015 - 12:34 AM

Love that first portrait, very striking.


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Posted 29 May 2015 - 09:58 PM

Love that first portrait, very striking.

 

~ @twaffle

 

Thank you!

 

That visit to Lake Bogoria hadn't gone as expected, because of the lake's raised level due to ongoing heavy flooding.

 

As with other major lakes in Kenya, most notably Lake Nakuru, the altered shorelines and changed water consistency has strikingly affected flamingos.

 

We'd not seen the flamingo flocks for which Lake Bogoria was known.

 

Thus spotting this lone flamingo was a highlight of the visit, especially as its stance had a certain soulful quality.

 

I'm so pleased that you liked it.

 

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Posted 03 June 2015 - 01:00 AM

Phoeniconaias minor in Flight.JPG

 

Phoeniconaias minor in Flight
 
Photographed at 10:05 am on 10 February, 2014 at Lake Bogoria, Kenya, using an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II super-telephoto lens.
 
ISO 800, 1/4000 sec., f/5.6, 400mm focal length, handheld Manual exposure.
 
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We'd been warned by the KWS staff at the gate that due to heavily flooded conditions it was unlikely that we'd see many flamingos while visiting Lake Bogoria.
 
Their kind advice notwithstanding, we observed a small coterie of Phoeniconaias minor, Lesser Flamingo, near the spouting geyser area, including this duo in flight.

 


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Posted 10 June 2015 - 06:36 AM

Flamingos at Lake Bogoria.JPG

 

Flamingos at Lake Bogoria

 
Photographed at 8:36 am on 10 February, 2014 at Lake Bogoria, Kenya, using an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II super-telephoto lens.
 
ISO 800, 1/4000 sec., f/5.6, 400mm focal length, handheld Manual exposure.
 
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After entering Lake Bogoria National Reserve, the track briefly passed near the lakeshore before climbing upward to skirt the flood-damaged former route.
 
After rounding a small bend flamingos were spotted in the shallows. We'd been warned that flamingos might be absent, thus felt grateful to encounter these. 

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Posted 23 March 2016 - 11:47 PM

Flamingos as birds are beguiling,

With elongated form and colors pink,

Even when tempers may be riling,

Flamingos remain lovely, don't you think?

 

 

Tom K.


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Posted 29 March 2016 - 07:43 PM

Welvis Bay lagoon, Namibia - July 2014

 

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Posted 30 March 2016 - 02:01 AM

~ @Guidoriccio11

 

SPECTACULAR!

 

The three colors — brown, blue and pink — are so well presented.

 

To my taste, this is such a lovely flamingo image.

 

The wide expanse with flamingos in the distance is impressive.

 

It's the colors which so deeply impress me.

 

This is an image worthy of printing, framing and hanging on a wall, to cheer one up on any gloomy day.

 

Thank you for posting it.

 

Tom K.


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Posted 18 February 2017 - 08:22 AM

Galapagos Flamingos in Punta Moreno, Isabela Island, The Galapagos (2012 July)

 

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Galapagos Flamingos in Dragon Hill, Santa Cruz Island, The Galapagos (2012 July)

 

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Posted 18 February 2017 - 09:42 AM

Greater Flamingo. Taken at a bird sanctuary at Strandfontein near Cape Town.

 

Nikon D610, 1/1000 sec, f5.6, ISO125, 220mm (Sigma 150-600mm Sport).

 

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Posted 20 February 2017 - 03:48 AM

Beautiful @Davesg. That's an incredible place isn't it?
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Posted 22 February 2017 - 02:14 AM

@Davesg Wow, that is an amazing photo!! Flamingos are high on my wishlist  :)


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