1. English and Scientific names: Greater Flamingo, Phoenicopterus ruber

2. Number of individuals, sexes, ages, general plumage (e.g., 2 in alternate plumage):

1 adult assumed alternate plumage

3. Locality: LOUISIANA: (parish) Cameron____________________________________________

Specific Locality: _Grand Chenier________________________________________________________

4. Date(s) when observed: 3 May 2011

5. Time(s) of day when observed: 1456

6. Reporting observer and address: James W. Beck 100 Aurelien Loop #101 Broussard, LA 70518

7. Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s): Mike Musumeche

8. Other observers who independently identified the bird(s): seen by many

9. Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light): partly cloudy with sunshine coming in and out of clouds

10. Optical equipment (type, power, condition): Swarovski 10x42 EL

11. Distance to bird(s): ca. .25 mi.

12. Duration of observation: ca. 10 min.

13. Habitat: open marsh with Giant Cutgrass, Zizaniopsis miliacea, Spartina sp.

14. Behavior of bird / circumstances of observation (flying, feeding, resting; include and stress habits used in identification; relate events surrounding observation): bird was actively foraging, turning itself with the underwater filter fashion via bill.  At times the bird would “bed-down” to rest, holding neck over back.

15. Description (include only what was actually seen, not what "should" have been seen; include if possible: total length/relative size compared to other familiar species, body bulk, shape, proportions, bill, eye, leg, and plumage characteristics. Stress features that separate it from similar species): tall wader with skinny pink legs; long, serpentine-like neck, body bright pink with bicolored bill; bill black and light pink.

16. Voice: n/a

17. Similar species (include how they were eliminated by your observation): Roseate Spoonbill – smaller bird, longer-billed, shorter-legged and foraging behavior ruled out this common species.

18. Photographs or tape recordings obtained? (by whom? attached?): yes, mine

19. Previous experience with this species: none, I have seen the European species (roseus) in the Camargue in southern France, 1995.

20. Identification aids: (list books, illustrations, other birders, etc. used in identification):

a. at time of observation:

b. after observation:

21. This description is written from: _____ notes made during the observation (_____notes attached?);_____notes made after the observation (date:_____); ___x__memory.

22. Are you positive of your identification if not, explain: yes

23. Date:_11 May 2011_________Time:__1153_____

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