American Flamingo, Phoenicopterus ruber
Cameron Parish – Marsh approximately half mile south of 4261 Louisiana Route 82.
May 31, 2011
Approximately 5:25 PM CDST
Jay V. Huner
428 Hickory Hill Drive
Boyce, LA 71409
Justin Bosler, Devin Bosler, and others.
Mid-afternoon, light clouds, looking south, good light, no shadows.
Zeiss 10 x 40 binoculars, good condition.
Bird way out in marsh, at least half a mile. Very hard to see.
Approximately 30 seconds.
I was scanning the area where the flamingo had previously been reported for about two weeks. I saw several wading birds including Great and Snowy Egrets feeding in a marsh pool. There was an opening of about 15 feet that was in view framed by waist high marsh grass. The flamingo was apparently to the right, obscured by the marsh grass, and hopped/flew into view. It quickly moved out of view and I could not relocate it with a scope. Took a couple of minutes to set up the scope.
The bird was bright pink and distinctly larger than the adjacent Great Egrets. The bill was sharply bent and the neck was very long.
I visited the site around 9:30 AM in the morning and saw several Roseate Spoonbills in the distance. I did not see any when I found the flamingo. Roseate Spoonbills have relatively short necks and long, spoon-shaped bills. They are reddish pink as adults. The flamingo was uniformly pink – some might say reddish-orange, had a long neck and a much shorter, bent bill.
I had seen an American Flamingo at the site two years before. This is presumably the same bird.
Transcription of Notes: 5:27 PM CDST. Pink Neck. 4261 LA 82. Across Marsh in line with drilling rig. Pink-long-legged bird larger than nearby G. Egrets.