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Ruffled Feathers
Photograph by Anup and Manoj Shah

They may live together in groups of a million birds, but flamingos don't always get along. During breeding season tensions run high. Ritualized displays of aggression can be a prelude to fighting or enough to intimidate rivals alone. On Lake Nakuru, above, the two facing flamingos practice a display called hooking—a threat behavior most often used by males.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon EOS-1V
Film Type: Fujichrome Provia 100F
Lens: 400mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/500 @ f/8
Weather Conditions: Clear
Time of Day: Mid-morning
Lighting Techniques: Natural light


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