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Unsual find - Flamingos sighted in Scotland

Post by Masika » Mon Apr 04, 2011 11:42 am

Surprise flamingo visit to Cemex quarry
1 April 2011: A quarry in Scotland, which is owned by building materials company, CEMEX, has played host to two unusual visitors, when two birds thought to be Greater Flamingos were spotted wading in the restored loch in Cambusmore Quarry near Callander in Perthshire, Scotland.

According to Europe's largest wildlife conservation charity, RSPB, this could be the first time Greater Flamingos, which are better known for being resident to Africa but does visit parts of Europe including Spain, have ventured this far north.

CEMEX's Quarry Manager at Cambusmore, Alistair Kerr, says he was surprised to see two pink birds wading through the quarry's restored loch: "I was out doing my usual early morning site inspection, when I saw the two birds down by our lake shore. I thought they were strange looking herons! Luckily, I had my camera in the office and managed to get a couple of snaps before they took off. While the quarry is a haven for wildlife, including deer and swans, I never in a million years expected to see flamingos here at Cambusmore."

The flamingo is a large, pink and red wading bird, unrelated but similar to herons, storks and spoonbills, but with a longer neck and legs, and with webbed feet. There are six species of flamingo in the world. Other than The Greater Flamingo, one resides in Africa and the others in central and southern America, including Mexico.

CEMEX's dedicated RSPB biodiversity advisor, Dr Sam Tarrant, said: "A flock of greater flamingos was seen flying past a North Sea gas platform some years ago, but they really are a rare sight this far north. However, birds such as these do occasionally reach our shores if they are blown off their migration course. I have never heard of flamingos landing in the UK, though! It's great for people to see such amazing birds on quarry sites. Quarries are great for wildfowl and birds of prey, but the flamingo is certainly a new species to add to the list!"

The RSPB is interested in following the flamingos' movements, and is appealing for any sightings to email them to sam.tarrant@rspb.org.uk.
Source: http://www.wildlifeextra.com/go/news/sc ... ingos.html

Well I have to admit, this is incredibly yet interesting at the same time, particuarly since it's rather an 'exotic' bird. It's also interesting that they have been sighted in Scotland in weather/climate terms... since it states that they are possibly Greater Flamingos, which are said to be usually found in Africa and what not, and it's just generally odd. Nevertheless, this was definitely an interesting article to read :]
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Re: Unsual find - Flamingos sighted in Scotland

Post by wolfyattitude » Mon Apr 04, 2011 11:50 am

HAHAHA funny!
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Post by Alpha Female » Mon Apr 04, 2011 12:59 pm

That is pretty interesting news. ^^
Scotland would be one of the last places I'd think to find flamingos. x3
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Re: Unsual find - Flamingos sighted in Scotland

Post by paperpaws » Mon Apr 04, 2011 2:07 pm

Flamingos in Scotland? That is quite interesting, haha. Thanks for sharing this, it was a good read :D
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Re: Unsual find - Flamingos sighted in Scotland

Post by Croix » Mon Apr 04, 2011 2:11 pm

Scotland? Wow, I never thought that would happen!
Are they sure the pair were wild birds? And not birds that got loose from a zoo or a sanctuary of some sort?

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Post by valkea » Mon Apr 04, 2011 2:19 pm

Hahah, never thought flamingos in Scotland would ever happen. Interesting though, thanks for sharing!
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Re: Unsual find - Flamingos sighted in Scotland

Post by Atropine » Mon Apr 04, 2011 4:13 pm

That's really odd, I never would have expected flamingos to be anywhere in Britain o_o Thanks for sharing this with us though, it was really interesting!
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Post by April » Mon Apr 04, 2011 6:51 pm

...Weird. Cool but weird..
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Re: Unsual find - Flamingos sighted in Scotland

Post by lozzie » Sat Apr 30, 2011 4:41 am

wow, it would be amazing to see such exotic birds in such cold a climate,
I know how cold it is there and it can get really cold.
weird, I wonder what bought them to scotland :?
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Re: Unsual find - Flamingos sighted in Scotland

Post by soloreclipse » Sun May 01, 2011 7:42 am

April 1st? Must've been a prank. JK
Strange. It would be kind of cool, though to walk out side and see two bright pink flamingos. :P
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