Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Eyeball to eyeball.
Flamingos are such stunning, elegant, and unusual birds. I have seen them at zoos and in the wild and am fascinated by their exotic beauty and stunning colors, orange feathers and clashing pink feet, as if they had been dressed by Queer Eye for the Gay Guy.
It wasn't until recently during our last trip to Florida that I realized that full grown flamingos are actually quite large. They are as tall as me and I stand 5'5"! If they come up close to you, as this one did, they can look you right in the eye. I was standing on the sidewalk and this fellow below came up behind me and as I turned instinctively, I saw a determined prance as he continued to walk right up to me, face to face, expecting a handout of food. He clearly had been panhandling a long time and was not shy. This was somewhat intimidating to me even though they are gentle old souls when they caress your palm with their bill and they seem to have that exotic Avatar eye thing going on. Click on the photo if you are brave enough and pass me that bag of bird food.