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F/7.1, 1/200, ISO 320.

American Flamingo 

Why did the baseball player bring a rope to the game?

He wanted to tie the score

Interesting Fact: American flamingos are saltwater birds that ingest food with a high salt content and mostly drink salt water (with an osmolarity of usually 1000), hyperosmotic to the bodies cells . Also, though not commonly, they can drink fresh water at near-boiling temperatures from geysers. From their high-salt diet, they would lose more water and have a greater salt uptake. One way in which they osmoregulate is through the use of a salt gland, which is found in their beaks.[17] This salt gland helps excrete excess salt from the body through the nasal openings in the flamingo’s beaks. When these birds consume salt, the osmolarity increases in the blood plasma through the gut. This causes water to move out of the cells, increasing extracellular fluids. Both these changes, in turn, activate the salt glands of the bird,[18] but before any activity occurs in the salt glands, the kidney has to reabsorb the ingested sodium from the small intestine. As seen in other saltwater birds, the fluid that is excreted has been seen to have an osmolarity greater than that of the salt water, but this varies with salt consumption and body size. ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_flamingo )

15 Comments

  1. What a flexible neck. And I had to read the description of Flamingo’s salt usage twice to completely get it. I had no idea. Again thanks for including the description of the (in this case) anatomy of the photo subject. Are you able to get out any or are you stuck inside? Anyway, be safe!

    • You are very welcome, I am glad that the facts are helpful. To answer your question, I live on the edge of a forest so I am able to walk around and get some new material. Also I am essentially worker so I bring my camera with me and if I see something on the way to work or home I shoot from the inside of my car. Thank you, Stay Safe and Happy Blogging! πŸ™‚

    • I am really glad that you enjoyed it. Thank you very much for stopping by and checking out my post. Stay Safe and Happy Blogging! πŸ™‚

    • I am glad to share this with you. Thank you very much for stopping by and checking out my post. Stay Safe and Happy Blogging! πŸ™‚

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