SO7104 : Greater Flamingos at Slimbridge

near to Moorend, Gloucestershire, Great Britain

Greater Flamingos at Slimbridge
Greater Flamingos at Slimbridge
Greater Flamingos (Phoenicopterus roseus) are the largest member of the flamingo family; standing 1.5m (5 ft) tall with a wingspan between 1.4 and 1.7m (4.5 - 5.5 ft). They are also the most widespread of the flamingos.

They have narrow wings. Most of the plumage is pinkish-white in colour, but the wing coverts are red and the primary and secondary flight feathers are black. They have long, pink legs with relatively small webbed feet, and a very long neck. Their large bill is downward curving and is pink in colour with a black tip.

WWT Slimbridge is a reserve set up to care for and study wildfowl. It is managed by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust at Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, on the estuary of the river Severn. The reserve was the first WWT centre to be opened, on 10 November 1946, by artist and naturalist Sir Peter Scott.

The reserve site covers an area of 3 square kilometres, of which 500,000 square metres is landscaped and can be visited by the public. To cater for bird and duck watchers, several hides have been set up overlooking the fields, streams and lakes bordering the River Severn and the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal.

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2012
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Tuesday, 28 February, 2012   (more nearby)
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Monday, 5 March, 2012
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Wild Animals, Plants and Mushrooms  Lakes, Wetland, Bog 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SO 719 045 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:44.3369N 2:24.4573W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SO 719 045
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