Preening Phoenicopteridae Phoenicopterus ruber American Flamingo St Marks National Wildlife Refuge Florida Americana Collection

American Flamingo – Americana Collection

This American Flamingo Phoenicopterus ruber is twisting its long neck and standing on one leg while preening.


camera: Nikon D500 | lens: AF Nikkor VR 400mm f/2.8G IF-ED with Nikon AF-S TC14E III
effective focal length: 820mm | support: monopod
exposure: f/8 – 1/2000 – ISO 1000

Unique Phoenicopteridae Phoenicopterus ruber American Flamingo St Marks National Wildlife Refuge Florida Americana Collection

American Flamingo – Americana Collection

 

Bird identification can be confusing. Similar characteristics require a great amount of research for accuracy. However, the American Flamingo Phoenicopterus ruber is unique – there are no other known similar species in North America.


camera: Nikon D500 | lens: AF Nikkor VR 400mm f/2.8G IF-ED with Nikon AF-S TC14E III
effective focal length: 820mm | support: monopod
exposure: f/8 – 1/2000 – ISO 1000

Habitat Phoenicopteridae Phoenicopterus ruber American Flamingo St Marks National Wildlife Refuge Florida Americana Collection

American Flamingo – Americana Collection

 

In North America an American Flamingo Phoenicopterus ruber is a rare find in the wild. This visitor to St Marks National Wildlife Refuge on the Florida Gulf Coast is frequently spotted around high tides in the brackish lagoon known as Stoney Bayou Pool 2.


camera: Nikon D500 | lens: AF Nikkor VR 400mm f/2.8G IF-ED with Nikon AF-S TC14E III
effective focal length: 820mm | support: monopod
exposure: f/8 – 1/3200 – ISO 500