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Bones of Contention
Photograph by Anup and Manoj Shah

A dead flamingo comes between a fish eagle and a marauding pair of marabou storks at Kenya's Lake Nakuru. The two species are the major predators of lesser flamingos at Nakuru, one of the saline soda lakes in Africa's Great Rift Valley favored by the pink birds. The warm, shallow lakes—named for their high concentrations of sodium bicarbonate—abound in spirulina algae, the flamingos' staple food. But this dependence on spirulina can leave the flamingos vulnerable: At least 50,000 birds died at Nakuru and at Lake Bogoria to the north in 1993 and 1995, possibly from an algal toxin.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon EOS -1V
Film Type: Fujichrome Provia 100F
Lens: 400mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/250 @ f/5.6
Weather Conditions: Clear
Time of Day: Early morning
Lighting Techniques: Natural light


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