Besides its mesmerizing colour the flamingo is a very fascinating bird. We all (or at least I did) just assume that they are born that striking red/pink colour. Actually they are born black and white and because of the algae diet they subsist on they turn to red/pink. This is just one of the things you will learn while watching this beautiful documentary from the Disney studios.
Native to Lake Natron in Tanzania, the flamingo live around this shallow and toxic lake that during the once a year heavy rains burns red with the algae produced. Containing such a high concentration of sodium carbonate the lake turns to a virtual island of salt that is surrounded by small pools of water in which the temperatures can reach up to 130 degrees. Once a year thousands of flamingos fly here to feed on the algae. The more they eat the pinker they get and the pinker they get indicates how healthy they are. This is not all as they mate during the harsh weather season and raise their young in one of the most inhospitable places on the Earth.
Like many of the other Disney Nature series of films, the photography will knock your socks off. The shots are beautiful and the colours so intense. Watch with awe the scenes of the intricate mating dance, chicks hatching from eggs and the predators that they have to deal with.
Besides the way it looks another highlight of the film is how everything happening on screen is complimented by the wonderful classical score.
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