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Flamingoes

This was taken, I think, at the Curraghs Wildlife Park in the Isle of Man.  It was the corresponding shape of the two foremost birds that caught my eye, sadly no judges since I took this have ever cottoned on to that.


Scanned from a 1970's colour slide on my old Microtek FilmScan 35 some years ago, processed in CS3 and Topaz Adjust.  1/10

Flamingoes

This was taken, I think, at the Curraghs Wildlife Park in the Isle of Man.  It was the corresponding shape of the two foremost birds that caught my eye, sadly no judges since I took this have ever cottoned on to that.


Scanned from a 1970's colour slide on my old Microtek FilmScan 35 some years ago, processed in CS3 and Topaz Adjust.  1/10

comments (16)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 25 Apr 2011, 01:18
Oh, Look...two of the birds have a synchronised neck knotting thing going...

[Feel better, now, Brian?...grin]
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ray, nice to know someone appreciates quality.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 25 Apr 2011, 07:07
They certainly are a matching pair
Brian Walbey: That's why I took it Chris, these judges, they need to be spoonfed.
  • Chantal
  • Nederland
  • 25 Apr 2011, 07:33
love the majestic pose these have
Brian Walbey: That's what caught my eye Chantal.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 25 Apr 2011, 08:40
When I was a kid, I was fascinated by 'HOW IS IT POSSIBLE TO BE ON ONE LEG'... I still am, for they seem to be asleep...
I will fall over even on my two feet when I fall asleep standing.
Love the pictures, great colours.
Brian Walbey: They have certainly got a better sense of balance than I have Astrid. Thanks for your comment.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 25 Apr 2011, 08:54
Congratulations on resurrecting this from your 70s archive, Brian. The thought of that boggles my mind!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ginnie. I am posting from the archive for the next four weeks, but using scans from my old and new scanners.
I am amazed that there are flamingos in England! Very nice, Brian.
Brian Walbey: These are in a wild life park in the Isle of Man, some miles off our west coast Mary.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 25 Apr 2011, 10:20
So many water birds stand on one leg I wonder why
Brian Walbey: I've often wondered that vintage, no doubt some clever boffin will have an answer to that.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 25 Apr 2011, 10:20
They make a great pattern of movement Brian.
Brian Walbey: They do indeed Chad, thanks.
I think your old slides have fared better than mine Brian!
Brian Walbey: I'm afraid you are going to see a lot of my old stuff from slides and negatives Bill, I have now got a new scanner as well.
The are funny creatures alright Brian.
Brian Walbey: I've always thought that Stanley.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 25 Apr 2011, 14:35
I like these elegant- exotic animals and I'm always wondering how they are able to stand on one leg for some time while looking at your fine photo I have to think of Rilke's beautiful poem (sorry, in translation):

The Flamingos

Jardin des Plantes, Paris

In mirror images as in Fragonard
of their white and their redness
no more is given than someone could offer
if he said of his lover: she was

still soft with sleep. For when they step into the green
and stand, on pink stems slightly turned,
together, blossoming, as in a garden bed,
they seduce more seductively than Phryne

themselves; till necking down they conceal
the paleness of their eyes in their own softness
where black and fruit-red hides.

All at once an envy screeches through the aviary;
yet they have stretched amazed
and singly march into the imaginary.
Brian Walbey: Many thanks Philine.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 25 Apr 2011, 16:57
Not a lot to say that the image is that old, Brian. I can recall adverts for the Microtek scanners, I'm sure.

Like you, I, too, would have been attracted to the shape of the two birds. I'm assuming each is on one leg.
Brian Walbey: Yes each is on one leg Alan. It was a good scanner but the firm that made them went out of business pre XP so no updated drivers were issued.
A well balanced picture, Brian!
Brian Walbey: Many thanks Graeme.
How does Astrid know she will fall over when sleeping in a standing position? . Does she do that sort of thing often? [grin]
Brian Walbey: I don't know Richard, I've never been in her company when she is sleeping!
Nah - they're fakes - flamingoes wade in the water - these are large one-legged feathered sheep grazing.
Brian Walbey: Lol. Long necked sheep, that's a new species on mesmile
These two remind me a bit of synchronized swimmers, Brian. This was a great catch.
Brian Walbey: Yes they do Beverly, thanks.

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