These bodies of water may be quite salty or caustic, too much so for most other animals to inhabit or use the lakes. In some lakes, their only animal neighbours are algae and small crustaceans. That works in the flamingo’s favour as there is less competition for food and it means they can gather in very large colonies making for a fabulous spectacle at certain times of the year.
Flamingos are wading birds with a very specialised diet - they filter feed, straining out tiny brine shrimps from the water with their specially evolved beaks and tongue. The flamingo’s pink or reddish color comes from the rich sources of carotenoid pigments (like the pigments of carrots) in the algae and small crustaceans the bird eats.
Kenya is a fantastic place for birdwatchers - please see our Blog for more details.