Etosha National Park, Namibia, Africa

A landscape and wildlife photograph that shows flamingos eating in the Etosha salt pan at sunset. It looks like the birds are going through a fire. The cloud formation reflects beautifully in the water.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 3 August, 2020

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This photograph was captured with a X-H1 and a lens. The following settings were used:

  • Aperture: ƒ/11
  • Exposure time: 1/550s
  • ISO: 1600
  • Focal Length: 317.2mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 6000 by 4000 pixels (WxH).

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Background

In the distance, flamingos are feeding in the salt pan of the Etosha National Park at sunset. Hundreds of these beautiful birds wade through the water. It is the wet season, the rainy season in Etosha. With heavy rain, the Etosha salt pan creates water lakes. If weighty rainfall happens, the whole salt pan will full of water. During the day, enormous storm clouds build-up, like in this photograph. The clouds and sunset, of course, reflect in the water, including the flamingos feeding in the salt pan at this magnificent sunset.

The Etosha salt pan is one of the few places remaining for the flamingos to breed successfully. When the conditions are right for them, they will start producing in the middle of the salt pan – protected from most predators. In the Etosha salt pan, this has happened in the past 50 years only seven times.
These birds do filter-feeding with their unique beak. Their beaks have an upside-down shape to filter mud and slit of the food they eat. In their mouth, they have a hairy structure called lamellae and a rough-surfaced tongue to filter out their food.

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