Monday, November 13, 2006
Flamingos Find Refuge at Kenyan Lake
Lesser flamingos are surprising scientists by flocking to one of Kenya's smallest lakes for the first time, by the thousands.
My colleague David Harper of the University of Leicester, reports that Lake Oloidien recently turned saline for the first time, making it good feeding habitat for the near-threatened birds. "Word is spreading that there is food at Oloidien. Last time I looked there were nearly a quarter of a million flamingos there. Oloidien water, though far too saline for humans or cattle to drink, is not too saline for flamingos. What we have is a remarkable and rare spectacle of groups of lesser flamingos feeding, drinking, and bathing in the same place."