Description Resting Flamingo - Original Photography by Karol LivoteThe Flamingo per The Jungle StoreThe Flamingo, a large wading bird, lives in big, shallow lakes, lagoons, mangrove swamps, tidal flats, and on sandy islands above the low tide mark. They are found in Africa, Asia, North America, Central America, South America, and Europe. Flamingos can live in hot volcanic lakes and in icy lakes in the Andean mountains.Adult flamingos range from 3.3 to 4.6 feet tall and weigh 3.3 to 9 pounds depending on their species. Wingspans range from 3.3 to 5 feet. There are 6 species of flamingo.Their pink or reddish color comes from the algae, diatoms, and small crustaceans the birds eat. They also eat aquatic insects. Flamingos eat with their head upside down in the water, so they can suck water and food in with the front of their bill. Mud and water drain out the back of the bill. The food is caught by finger-like projections called lamellae in the beak. Flamingos hold their breath when feeding.Flamingos run to gather speed when taking off. They flap their wings almost continuously in flight. They fly when startled or to migrate. The speed of a flock can reach 31 to 37 miles per hour. They can fly 300 miles to reach a new habitat.The webbing between their toes helps them stand in soft mud and when swimming when the water is deeper than wading depth.During the day flamingos preen using their bills and spreading oil from a gland near the base of their tail through their feathers. They spend 15 to 30% of the day preening.Flamingos live in groups called colonies. They wont nest unless there are other flamingos around. Both male and female flamingos mound up mud for a nest for their 1 egg and take turns incubating it. When chicks hatch, their down is gray or white. Once the chick is ready to leave the nest it joins a cre like penguins.Fun Flamingo Facts- Grown flamingos have few natural predators.- Flamingos live an average of 20 to 30 years.- They rest by standin
Karol Livote, Connecticut Member Since September 2010 Artist Statement Inspired by the world around me, I am sent out to capture moments in time, that I hope can find another's soul, the way it has captured mine! Karol Livote
My story is quite simple. I was about ten years old when my sister gave me my first camera. I took right to photography. In my high school days, I was hardly seen without a camera in my hand. I participated in Photography classes and had my own darkroom at my home. Over the years, I have kept up with my photography and I continue to promote my images thru publications and sales.
What inspires me? I am usually asking myself that very same question. At times, I wish that I could stay with just one subject matter, but that is never the case. I am the type of person who never has a favorite anything. I prefer lots of things! A variation of many things to experience, is what life is all about. I do not go thru life with blinders on, at least I hope I don’t. I believe that it shows in my work.
Even though I do love my nature, whole heartedly, I also enjoy capturing action sports, such as hockey. I also enjoy urban life and the fast pace it has. The funny thing is I will go into the city, such as Manhattan one day and then take it easy on the countryside of Connecticut, my home state, on the next day.
Growing up on Long Island, has provided me with a love of the coast and that has a lot to do with my love of Connecticut. Here in the “Nutmeg State”, you have the best of all worlds. There are beautiful mountains to the north and the coast to the south. In between you have a couple of cities, and about an hour ride to the “Big Apple”. There is so much to see here and so much to capture.
The seasons are always changing which makes for some beautiful seasonal captures. When Spring comes around it feels like the world is waking up from a cold slumber. With the new colors forming all around and the return of many animal and bird species, it is hard not to get excited and run out everyday with the camera in hand.
Summers are always hopping, especially down on the coast. There are boats, boats and more boats. The fun in the sun is as good as it gets here in New England.
As the summer starts to wind down, the colors start to change and in rolls the beautiful colors of Autumn. There is no finer place to be than New England during the Autumn months. It is truly a special time.
All those beautiful colors then take us to the drab winter months, which can be pretty special also with the bareness of the trees and then the beauty of the wintry snowfall that covers everything in white. Besides the cold, it is pretty special.
All in all, there are some pretty special moments to capture here in Connecticut. I hope you enjoy viewing my work, as much as I enjoying capturing it. It is the inspiration that I see all around me that I capture with the help of the camera.