Flamingos? HERE?


POTN Refugee
Nov 24, 2023
Cocoa, Florida
Gordon H Elwell
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Most wild flamingos are in Miami or Ft Lauderdale area, but very rarely seen much farther North. So photogs around here (Brevard County, space coast) are surprised to see a small enclave along the shores of an unnamed island in the Indian River. I had to go out and investigate myself. I had my trusty R5 and 100-500 lens, and shot the activity along the shores of said island from the mainland shore. I looked at the screen on the camera, and couldn't tell if any of what I shot had the elusive birds. It wasn't until I got home and loaded my shots did I realize I had indeed captured four of the elusive birds. This pic was at 500mm, cropped way in and then enlarged (about 125% or so). So the answer is, Yes Virginia, there are flamingos in Brevard County!I5G_7520-IG.jpg
Is this recent? I heard about flamingoes being found much farther north than usual a few months ago. I didn't realize it is happening now as well.
Some were apparently blown in by a storm this summer. I saw eBird reports from several states in the southeast.
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