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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 flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June
Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) standing on nest in breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, July  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) standing on nest in breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, July
Caribbean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June. Finalist in the Portfolio Category of the Terre Sauvage Nature Images Awards...  -  Claudio  Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June. Finalist in the Portfolio Category of the Terre Sauvage Nature Images Awards...
Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) with egg in nest, breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) with egg in nest, breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June
Caribbean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) chick under the wing of protective parent, breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June.Finalist in the Portfolio Category...  -  Claudio  Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) chick under the wing of protective parent, breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June.Finalist in the Portfolio Category...
Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) feeding chick under wing in breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) feeding chick under wing in breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June
Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) tending chick in nest, breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) tending chick in nest, breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June
Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) chick stretching wings, watched by adult, at 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 stretching wings, watched by adult, at nest in breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June
Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) walking, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, September  -  Claudio  Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) walking, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, September
Empty Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) nests, at the end of the breeding season, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, September  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Empty Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) nests, at the end of the breeding season, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, September
Empty Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) nests, at the end of the breeding season, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, September  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Empty Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) nests, at the end of the breeding season, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, September
Caribbean flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) line of adults standing in water, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, May  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) line of adults standing in water, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, May
Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) sleeping, Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, February  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) sleeping, Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, February
Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) landing, Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, January  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) landing, Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, January
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) 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 flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) five flying, Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, January  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) five flying, Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, January
Caribbean flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) three flying, Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, January  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) three flying, Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, January
Caribbean flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) five flying, Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, January  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) five flying, Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, January
Caribbean flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) nine flying, Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, January  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) nine flying, 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 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 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) preparing to sleep, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula Mexico, July  -  Claudio  Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) preparing to sleep, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula Mexico, July
Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber), Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, January  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber), Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, January
Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) two walking, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, September  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) two walking, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, September
Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) close up of one resting on nest, beak tucked under wing, in breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) close up of one resting on nest, beak tucked under wing, in breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June
Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) with egg in nest, breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) with egg in nest, breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June
Caribbean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) feeding three day old chick at breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June, June, Finalist in the Portfolio Category of t...  -  Claudio  Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) feeding three day old chick at breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June, June, Finalist in the Portfolio Category of t...
Caribbean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) preening chick in the breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June Finalist in the Portfolio Category of the Terre Sauvage...  -  Claudio  Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) preening chick in the breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June Finalist in the Portfolio Category of the Terre Sauvage...
Caribbean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) chick age three days, standing in nest, breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June, Finalist in the Portfolio Category o...  -  Claudio  Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) chick age three days, standing in nest, breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June, Finalist in the Portfolio Category o...
Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) restrainig chick in nest, breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) restrainig chick in nest, 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) adult feeding chick, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula Mexico, June. Winner of the CONABIO Nature Photography Competition 2015.  -  Claudio  Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) adult feeding chick, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula Mexico, June. Winner of the CONABIO Nature Photography Competition 2015.
Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) restrainig chick in nest, breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) restrainig chick in nest, breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June
Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) preening 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) preening chick in the breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June
Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) chick begging for food, breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) chick begging for food, breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June
Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) chick stretching wings on 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 stretching wings on nest in breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June
Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) with chick on nest in breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) with chick on nest in breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June
Caribbean flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June
Caribbean flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) adults and chicks in breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) adults and chicks in breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June
Caribbean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) chick crèche in front of attentive adult flamingo group, breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June, Finalist in the Po...  -  Claudio  Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) chick crèche in front of attentive adult flamingo group, breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June, Finalist in the Po...
Caribbean flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) adults and chicks in breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) adults and chicks in breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June
Caribbean flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) adults and chicks in breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) adults and chicks in breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June
Caribbean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) sleeping in the breeding colony, brooding egg, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June, Finalist in the Portfolio Category of the Terr...  -  Claudio  Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) sleeping in the breeding colony, brooding egg, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June, Finalist in the Portfolio Category of the Terr...
Aerial view of Caribbean flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) flying, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, May  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Aerial view of Caribbean flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) flying, 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) two taking off, Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, January  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) two taking off, Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, January
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