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Lesser Flamingos, Ngorongoro Crater, TanzaniaI bet when you see a flamingo you think of lush tropical islands, hammocks, and
piƱa coladas. Well I hate to put a damper on your pool decorations, but this portrayal is absolutely false. Flamingos inhabit some of the most harsh environments in the world – shallow hypersaline lakes (that means very salty, but not the pool chlorine kind).

Of course everyone knows flamingos are pink! A white flamingo is a very sick bird because that means it hasn’t been eatting flamingo-good-for-you foods containing the source of the pink pigment – shrimp and blue-green algae. In fact, in terms of attracting the ladies, the pinker males get the better mates. Tell that you your husband or significant other the next time you buy him a pink shirt or tie.

I stitched a flamingo ornament over the weekend. No picture yet as I don’t have all the specialty threads I need to finish it. Instead, here a picture from Wikipedia (in the public domain). Since not many species can live in super salty lakes, you can see thousands of flamingos in the right places. In the distance they look like a pink haze on the horizon.

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