Greater Flamingo is one of the most widespread of the flamingo family that has six species. The range of the bird covers Africa, Southern Asia (Bangladesh and costal regions of Pakistan and India, middle East and Southern Europe. Though India as the entire Subcontinent is part of its range - it is not an every day sighting in North India, so for someone like me (from Chandigarh) to get good sightings of these birds in wild is a great treat.
I was part of a group of BSAP (Birdwatchers Society of Andhra Pradesh) and witnessed 100 plus greater flamingos at Ameenpur lake of Hyderabad, and a treat it was. At 110-150 cm this bird is also the biggest of the flamingo. Such a huge bird to see and weighs just 2 to 4 Kg on an average with the largest record at 4.5 kg. The longest life span of this bird recorded in captivity is around 83 years old when the bird was euthanised in January 2014 in Adelaide Zoo in Australia.
A grace and perfection seen will remain for a long time with me...
|Adults and Juv Greater Flamingos|
|and ofcourse - we were not the only one there to admire them...|