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Grace on the Wing
Photograph by Joel Sartore

Taking flight at dusk, flamingos chase their reflections across a lake in the high Andes. Such pools in the Atacama draw three species of flamingo: Chilean, Andean, and James'. But the birds' habitat is increasingly vulnerable to water pollution linked to mining, tourism, and population growth.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F5
Film Type: Kodachrome 200
Lens: Nikon 600mm f/4
Speed and F-Stop: 1/30 @ f/4

Weather Conditions: Clear
Time of Day: Dawn
Lighting Techniques: Available light



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