Exploring the beautiful Flamingos

Exploring the beautiful Flamingos at the shores of the Lakes.

Exploring the beautiful Flamingos at the shores of the Lakes. The pink line that steals our heart many miles away. Did you know that that line was a colony of flamboyance. Is it that amazing?

Lets know a little bit of these flamingos

Flamingoes are wading birds distributed throughout America Africa, Asia, and Europe. They are known to standing on one of their leg while the one is tucked beneath their bodies.

Did you know that their colour would reveal how healthy they are?

Their pink or reddish color comes from carotenoids of animal and plants plankton in their diet.

Flamingos

A well-fed, healthy flamingo is more vibrantly colored, thus a more desirable mate. It can be white or pale if unhealthy or malnourished. Captive flamingos are a notable exception, they may turn a pale pink if they are not fed carotene at levels comparable to the wild.

Flamingos are filter feeders and mostly feed on the blue-green algae and other creatures found in the water bodies.

They are filter feeders
They are filter feeders

We have greater and lesser flamingos

Greater flamingos

They are the tallest and heaviest

Lesser flamingos

Shorter and weigh less than their counter parts.

Something interesting to learn about Flamingos in Kenya

In Kenya, they can be found in Lake Nakuru, Lake Elmentaita, Lake Bogoria as well as Lake Magadi.

Lake Nakuru National Park
Lake Nakuru National Park

They prefer to breed at the Lake Natron in Tanzania. Hence known as their breeding site.

They migrate in huge colonies forming a beautiful V shape in the skies.

Their movements and migration are dictated by need for food or breeding. If the lake lacks enough food, they will gladly migrate to the greener pasture.


Conservation status

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Let’s Explore Nakuru Town, Kenya

Nakuru is the capital city of Nakuru County. Its one of the largest cities in Kenya. It was once named as the cleanest town in Africa. Sadly , that was taken away by increased population and urbanization.

Climate wise, Nakuru experience climate similar to the one in Nairobi. It lies 1850 meters above the sea level. Being within the great Rift Valley, Nakuru enjoys temperate climate throughout the year. But with climate change, this has changed slightly.

Nakuru is a fast growing city. It was ranked first in Africa and fourth in the world after a study conducted by United nation in 2011. Main source of income comes from agriculture, manufacturing and tourism.

Amazing spots to visit

Lake Nakuru National Park

Lake Nakuru National Park
Lake Nakuru National Park

Nakuru is the home to the amazing Lake Nakuru. Lake Nakuru is an important part of lake Nakuru National Park. This park is a paradise haven for a wide range of birds. It’s the best place for a birdwatchers to spend some quality time. The park also provide home to various wildlife species.

Menengai Crater

Menengai Crater
Menengai Crater

Menengai crater is located in Nakuru. It’s a dormant volcano. Those of us who love hiking, this is the place to be. There are various caves found here. Some of these caves are used by the locals for prayers, so mindfulness should be observed. There’s also a forest that provide a conducive environment.

Hyrax Hills Prehistoric Site and Museum

Hyrax Hills Prehistoric Site and Museum
Hyrax Hills Prehistoric Site and Museum

This site is located within Nakuru town. It was gazetted as a National Monument in 1943 by the Kenyan government. It is a renowned archaeological research area as well as a reference point for prehistory investigations of East Africa. The public have been offered some sites for public viewing.

This site allows you to enjoy nature trail, camping site, picnic site, tortoise pit and a picturesque view of Lake Nakuru.

Egerton Castle

Egerton Castle
Egerton Castle

This castle is located within the Egerton University ground. It’s a mansion that was built in 1952 by Lord Maurice Egerton. The mansion has a wonderful story behind it as a result of love-hate. For the whole story just click here.

So how do you get there?

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