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The Lake Effect
Photograph by Anup and Manoj Shah

Inside Tanzania's Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Makat provides the warm and shallow saline water flamingos need to feed. Vast blooms of spirulina algae make such lakes a liquid pasture for the birds, whose lower bill is adapted to float on the surface. A large tongue works like a piston, moving in and out 20 times a second to pump water into the bill, where a filter similar to a whale's baleen collects the algae. Pigments in the spirulina algae cause flamingo feathers to turn pink.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon EOS-1V
Film Type: Fujichrome Provia 100F
Lens: 400mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/125 @ f/8
Weather Conditions: Clear
Time of Day: Early morning
Lighting Techniques: Natural light


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