Phoenicopteridae - Flamingos
Flamingos are amongst the oddest of birds, but they are adapted to life in a fairly specialised habitat, salt lakes. The bill, held upside down, is used to filter the water for small shrimps, molluscs and insects, with the tongue acting as a piston to draw water through the bill. Their pink colour comes from algae rich in carotenid pigments.
There are five species throughout the world; none of which occurs naturally in Britain, but the Greater Flamingo (which is found around the Mediterranean) and the South American Chilean Flamingo are sometimes seen, looking distinctly out of place, in estuaries and lakes, having escaped from a bird collection.
Counting birds and the Wetland Bird Survey (Wednesday 22 September, 10am)
This course involves one online session of about 1 hour 45 minutes, with a trainer:participant ratio of about 1:30. Participants' microphones are muted during the presentations but there is a large interactive component...
Migration blog (3rd – 9th September)
With the first days of Autumn upon us and the breeding season over for many species, the focus is now on preparing for the coming winter months.