Seeing wild flamingos in the United States is a real treat. They are regulars in South Florida, but can only be found reliably in a couple of places, hard to get to. For the past few years, the Audubon Society Of The Everglades in West Palm Beach has led guided trips to one of these places in March-May.
The more you look at these birds, the greater marvels they become, from their knobby "knees" (actually ankles) to their rubber necks, with 19 vertebrae, each the shape of a hot dog, to the unexpected way they hold their heads in flight, to being pink. Their flight is different too, with a flip at the end of the upstroke, more prominent than in other large birds.
This film was shot with a Panasonic HCV-X870, a tiny camera that does an amazing job. This version has no music. On this page, please find another one with music added. Note: The little black and white birds in the water are Black-necked Stilts. The other birds flying around are Black Skimmers.