Saturday, June 1, 2013

Chilean Flamingos

Today I'm taking you to the Houston Zoo and the newly refurbished
Chilean Flamingo Habitat.

Chilean Flamingo

The Chilean Flamingo pool and waterfall opened in 1926 and it became
the centerpiece of what was then the Zoo's main entrance.
At the time, the exhibit and pool design were state-of-the-art for zoo exhibits.
Failing infrastructure of the pool, new innovations in avian husbandry
and a desire to enhance guest viewing of the flamingos prompted the recent decision
to perform a complete renovation of the area.

Flamingo Collage

The updated space features a 20,000 gallon filtered pool, 
a separate feeding pool,
new animal holding facilities,
and lush new vegetation. 
The renovated habitat also includes a large nesting island that
will allow the Zoo's flock of flamingos to grow into the future.

Chilean Flamingo Collage

The original exhibit concrete decorative work was designed and built by
Mexican-American artist Dionicio Rodriguez.
Mr. Rodriguez specialized in "faux bois" artwork, which is the use of cement to create
the look of wood.
During the renovation of the Zoo's flamingo exhibit, 
the artificial trees that were designed and built by Mr. Rodriguez have been cleaned and repaired.

I hope you enjoyed this visit to the Chilean Flamingos at the Houston Zoo.

Detailed information about the Flamingo exhibit provided by WILDLIFE published by the Houston Zoo.

Camera Critters

Thank you to Misty for hosting

and to Mary for Mosaic Monday.

Thanks for stopping by.

Wishing YOU well and much joy.


TexWisGirl said...

glad they have a great place to reside and multiply.

Anonymous said...

so schöne Bilder von diesen Vögeln

LG vom katerchen der ein schönes Wochenende wünscht

Phil said...

Statuesque is the word. Great shots, especially that first one where each birds seems to be posed ideally.

Debra @ Homespun said...

These are beautiful birds and your photos certainly do them justice! Just lovely!

Vee said...

They are living well as they should. What a truly beautiful creature so much finer than they could ever be portrayed on lawn ornaments.

Deborah said...

I love flamingos. Beautiful exhibit. The black-tipped wings are quite interesting. I wonder if that is a trait of this species.

**happy smiles**

eileeninmd said...

Love the pretty flamingos. It is a pretty exhibit and attraction for the zoo. Thanks for sharing, happy weekend!

Anonymous said...

This was very interesting...and I love the shot of the wing spans on some of the birds...truly gorgeous!

Karen said...

Lovely photos with some really nice reflections!

Gunilla Bäck said...

Beautiful series!

Anonymous said...

They are such pretty birds. It's nice that their home got a nice update. Lovely.

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

Beautiful photos! Our granddaughter will be 10 in August and since January she has been planning that we will go to the Philadelphia Zoo especially to see the Flamingos. She wants her party theme to be flamingos too. August is getting closer so I better start getting some ideas :)

Corrine at said...

Aren't these guys handsome and what a wonderful spot. Bet you need it's cooling effects in your summer heat. xox

VioletSky said...

Beautiful shots!
I haven't been to a zoo in many years, but always feel tempted when I see others photos of their visits. Then I check the price and think, no, too expensive.

Anonymous said...

Bathing beauties!

Janet said...

Such beautiful, elegant birds...and now they have a new home to enjoy.

Rajesh said...

It is wonderful to see nice habitat been created for these birds.

Diann said...

They are so beautiful! What a nice zoo to visit. Your pictures are really lovely!

Diana Taylor said...

Fantastic photos, and aren't they the most beautiful birds - I love that vibrant colour. Have a great week and thanks for visiting!

Pamela Gordon said...

Beautiful photos and an interesting post! They are such pretty birds. Pamela

Lavender Cottage said...

It's nice to see the care given to a species with a renovation of their zoo habitat.

ellen b. said...

They do look happy in their new habitat!!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a wonderful zoo! I love flamingos and just recently saw them for the first time! lol I know...I live in Florida! Beautiful photos my friend!

Mary said...

LOVE seeing the flamingos Snap and I'm sure they appreciate their new habitat! Wonderful photo and watery reflection of the drinking flamingo :)

My Little Home and Garden said...

They are rather splendid looking birds, Snap.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

This looks like a beautiful exhibit, Snap! Flamingos are such pretty and unusual birds. I love to see them stand and balance on one leg!

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

The flamingoes are so exotic - and these ones look beautiful and very well cared for.
What a magnificent enclosure - hats off to the Houston zoo.

Wonderful photos too Snap - thank you for taking me there - virtually!~
Shane ♥

Anonymous said...

They are beautiful birds, and you capture them wonderfully!

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Cezar and Léia said...

Thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures, I do love flamings, so gorgeous birds!

W. Latane Barton said...

The setting draws you as much as the beautiful birds do. I am glad that the Houston zoo has redone this area.

Lorrie said...

I think flamingos are such unique birds - pretty in pink, but rather gangly looking. My daughter was fascinated with flamingos when she was younger - everything had a flamingo on it.
The birds look happy in their environment.