The flamingo an animal known to some people as a tacky lawn ornament. Some subjects are just a lot of fun to photograph and Flamingos fit nicely among those subjects. The colors and settings associated with these birds are usually quite striking and make for great photography. The most distinguishable feature of the tall bird is its beautiful pink or reddish-pink color. This color is actually a result of the its diet of algae, small crustaceans, diatoms, and aquatic insects – or, more specifically – the pigments found in alpha and beta-carotene-rich food sources. Flamingos often stand on one leg and research has indicated that standing on one leg may allow the birds to conserve more body heat. The pink or reddish color of flamingos comes from carotenoid proteins in their diet of animal.Flamingos are very social birds that live in colonies that can number in the thousands as you can see in photographs.Enjoy these photos of Flamingos and use them as inspiration to get out and photograph some birds near you.