Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya is world-famous as the location of the greatest bird spectacle on earth – myriads of fuchsia pink flamingos whose numbers is legion, often more than a million or even two million feed on the abundant algae which thrives in the salty warm waters. Scientists reckon that the flamingo population at Nakuru consumes about 250,000kg of algae per hectare of surface area per year.
Have you even seen how these charming Flamingos of Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya stand on one leg while the other is tucked beneath their body? Actually, every behavior you will observe on these flamingoes impact their living.
Young flamingos have greyish-reddish feathers while the adults range from light pink to bright red, because of aqueous bacteria and beta-carotene which they obtain from food supply. Most of the flamingoes here are healthy and more vibrantly colored and desirable because of plenty of algae on lake Nakuru in Kenya, unlike white or pale flamingoes which seem to be unhealthy and malnourished.
Come-see how flamingos in Lake Nakuru national Park in Kenya use their beaks upside down to separate their food from mud and silt! They also form pair bonds and these pairs establish and defend their nesting territories which they build on mudflat and as a saying “ladies first”, the female flamingoes usually chose the nesting territories and in the building process, the couple of flamingos usually copulate to plan for their family. After hatching, the flamingo parents stay around the nest and both take care of their children.
Flamingoes are in two types, the lesser flamingo which can be distinguished by its deep red carmine bill and pink feathers and the greater flamingoes which have beak with a black tip.
However, flamingos are not the only avian attraction in Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya, also present are two large fish-eating birds, pelicans and cormorants. There are over 400 resident bird species on the lake and in the surrounding park, including thousands of both little grebes and white winged black terns are frequently seen as are stilts, avocets, ducks, and in the European winter the migrant waders.