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TAKE AN UNPRECEDENTED PEEK INTO THE LIFE OF CARIBBEAN FLAMINGOS

With their improbably long legs, graceful, curving necks and exotic pink plumage, flamingos are birds like no other. Claudio Contreras has documented the lives of these comical creatures in exquisite style, allowing us to follow the chicks as they grow from tiny white fuzzballs into the crimson wonders we know and love!

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Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) feeding crop milk to chick, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) feeding crop milk to chick, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June
Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) flying, Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, January  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) flying, Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, January
Caribbean flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) sitting on nests in breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) sitting on nests in breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June
Caribbean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) building up mud whilst  brooding egg, breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June, Finalist in the Portfolio Category of...  -  Claudio  Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) building up mud whilst brooding egg, breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June, Finalist in the Portfolio Category of...
Aerial view of Caribbean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, May, Finalist in the Portfolio Category of the Terre Sauvage Nature...  -  Claudio  Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Aerial view of Caribbean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, May, Finalist in the Portfolio Category of the Terre Sauvage Nature...
Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) tending egg in nest in breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, July  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) tending egg in nest in breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, July
Caribbean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) rolling egg to side in the nest, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June, June, Finalist in the Portfolio Category of the Terre Sauvag...  -  Claudio  Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) rolling egg to side in the nest, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June, June, Finalist in the Portfolio Category of the Terre Sauvag...
Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) chick peering from under the wing of protective parent, breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) chick peering from under the wing of protective parent, breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June
Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) feeding chick in the breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) feeding chick in the breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June
Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) chick, standing next to parent's legs, in nest in breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) chick, standing next to parent's legs, in nest in breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June
Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) feeding crop milk to chick , Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) feeding crop milk to chick , Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June
Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) chick exploring around the nest in the breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) chick exploring around the nest in the breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June
Caribbean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) chick age 5 days, walking around nest, breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June, Finalist in the Portfolio Category of...  -  Claudio  Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) chick age 5 days, walking around nest, breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June, Finalist in the Portfolio Category of...
Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) chick exploring around the nest in the breeding colony, picking eggshell from the mud, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) chick exploring around the nest in the breeding colony, picking eggshell from the mud, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June
Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) chick returning to nest after exploring around the nest in the breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) chick returning to nest after exploring around the nest in the breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June
Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) adults guarding chick, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula Mexico, June  -  Claudio  Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) adults guarding chick, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula Mexico, June
Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) chicks walking in the breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) chicks walking in the breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June
Caribbean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) chick group walking around the breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June, Finalist in the Portfolio Category of the Ter...  -  Claudio  Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) chick group walking around the breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June, Finalist in the Portfolio Category of the Ter...
Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) feeding crop milk to chick in breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) feeding crop milk to chick in breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June
Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) feeding crop milk to chick in breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) feeding crop milk to chick in breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June
Caribbean flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) feeding crop milk to chicks in breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) feeding crop milk to chicks in breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June
Aerial view of Caribbean flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) flying over the coastal lagoon, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, May  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Aerial view of Caribbean flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) flying over the coastal lagoon, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, May
Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) taking off, Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, January  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) taking off, Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, January
Caribbean flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) flock in courtship display with reflection, Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, January  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) flock in courtship display with reflection, Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, January
Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) taking off, Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, January  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) taking off, Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, January
Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) flying, blurred motion, Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, January  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) flying, blurred motion, Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, January
Caribbean flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) and reflections in water, Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, August  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) and reflections in water, Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, August
Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) juvenile, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, September  -  Claudio  Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) juvenile, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, September
Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) juvenile, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, September  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) juvenile, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, September
Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) juvenile feeding, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, September  -  Claudio  Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) juvenile feeding, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, September
Brine Shrimp (Artemia salina), captive bred, Industrial salt mine, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, May  -  Claudio  Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Brine Shrimp (Artemia salina), captive bred, Industrial salt mine, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, May
Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) sitting on nest in breeding colony, brooding and preening, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) sitting on nest in breeding colony, brooding and preening, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June
Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) feeding on floating insect larvae, Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, January  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) feeding on floating insect larvae, Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, January
Caribbean flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) flying, Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, January  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) flying, Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, January
Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) feather, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) feather, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June
Caribbean flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) colony in courtship display, with small flock flying overhead, Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, January  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) colony in courtship display, with small flock flying overhead, Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, January
Caribbean flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) flock in water, Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, January  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) flock in water, Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, January
Caribbean flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) colony in water, Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, January  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) colony in water, Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, January
Caribbean flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) courtship display, Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, January  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) courtship display, Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, January
Caribbean flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) some with wings spread in courtship display, Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, January  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) some with wings spread in courtship display, Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, January
Caribbean flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) courtship display, Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, January  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) courtship display, Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, January
Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) courtship display, Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, January  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) courtship display, Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, January
Caribbean flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) courtship display, Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, January  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) courtship display, Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, January
Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) courtship display with wings spread, Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, January  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) courtship display with wings spread, Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, January
Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) in courtship display, stretching foot and wing, Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, January  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) in courtship display, stretching foot and wing, Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, January
Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) in courtship display, Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, January  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) in courtship display, Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, January
Caribbean flamingos s (Phoenicopterus ruber) pair about to mate, male jumping on top of female, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, May  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingos s (Phoenicopterus ruber) pair about to mate, male jumping on top of female, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, May
Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) pair mating, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, May  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) pair mating, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, May
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