Flamingos at Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya — and Other Waterfowl

T he copiousness of algae in Lake Nakuru — which is located in the Great Rift Valley and is part of Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya — attracts dozens of flamingos which line the shore…

Flamingos at Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya — and Other Waterfowl

Flamingos Lake Nakuru Safari

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

…but flamingos are not the only waterfowl which visit — or live at — the lake.

Flamingos Lake Nakuru Safari

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

For example, I am not certain who is this guy in the foreground, who seems to be a loner.

Flamingos Lake Nakuru Safari

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Two white-backed stilts wade in the shallow waters of Lake Nakuru…

Flamingos Lake Nakuru Safari

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

..and then this flock of smaller birds arrived — perhaps grebes, which have a mutually beneficial relationship with the flamingos…

Flamingos Lake Nakuru Safari

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

…along with what appears to be a flock of five pelicans.

Flamingos Lake Nakuru Safari

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

They obviously dine on fish together.

Flamingos Lake Nakuru Safari

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Judging from the long grey markings along the pouches of their bills, these are pink-backed pelicans.

Flamingos Lake Nakuru Safari

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

They are smaller than other species of pelicans.

Flamingos Lake Nakuru Safari

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

The greater flamingo is the largest species of flamingo and can be identified by the black tip on the end of its bill — as well as their pink legs.

Flamingos Lake Nakuru Safari

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Flamingos move in unison when they perceive a threat — which may explain why they moved away together when I attempted to get closer to them.

Flamingos Lake Nakuru Safari

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Watching the necks of the flamingos contort into different positions was interesting.

Flamingos Lake Nakuru Safari

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Flamingos sleep and preen their feathers while standing on one leg.

Flamingos Lake Nakuru Safari

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Adult flamingos have few natural predators…

Flamingos Lake Nakuru Safari

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

…but waste containing different kinds of bacteria, toxins and other types of pollution in the water — which is typically caused by humans due to runoff from factories and other types of companies — encroach the habitats of flamingos and are their primary threats.

Flamingos Lake Nakuru Safari

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Unfortunately, the populations of greater and lesser flamingos have diminished significantly from Lake Nakuru over the years — not only possibly due to the aforementioned toxins; but also perhaps because of increased tourism.

Flamingos Lake Nakuru Safari

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

“Hmm…I think I disguised myself pretty well. Nobody will ever guess that I am really a cape buffalo.”

Summary

There are more photographs of different animals on deck from that safari to be highlighted in future articles — including but not limited to hippopotami and white rhinoceros — so please stay tuned…

…but I truly enjoyed watching animals in their native habitat going about their lives — such as:

All photographs ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

2 thoughts on “Flamingos at Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya — and Other Waterfowl”

  1. Cipta says:

    I thought you were in Canada? Already in Africa? Wow!

    Anyway, got any ESA from Africa?

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      The safari was from 2015, Cipta. I am attempting to catch up on trip reports.

      I should have gotten myself an emotional support giraffe to have traveled with me when I had the opportunity…

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