In Search of the Pink Flamingos of the Camargue

There is just something awesome about pink flamingos. They're tall, they often balance on one leg, and they are hot pink.  What's not to love?  Ever since we moved to Dublin 5 years ago, we've entertained the idea of flying to southwest France to see these leggy fellows in the wild.  We finally visited the Camargue, a sweeping wetlands area just outside of Montpellier on a broader visit to the Languedoc region of France this Spring. In this post, I'll share some photos of our visit to Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau which is home to thousands of flamingos and other bird species including egrets, herons, and night herons. 
Pink Flamingos in the Camargue, France

We arrived in the park and got our bearings using a small map given to us at the entrance.  We came around to a small lake with an island in the center.  Every available branch of the large tree in the center was taken up by a large nest.  There were tens of egrets and herons incubating their eggs and nurturing their newly hatched chicks.  We even caught a glimpse of an egret feeding her young. So amazing!
Egret feeding its chick in the Camargue, France
We also noticed that many of the egrets had a bright yellow patch on their heads.  I soon learned that this was the breeding plumage of cattle egrets.  Judging from the number of nests in the trees, they guys were definitely busy!
Cattle Egret in breeding plumage in the Camargue, France
We even spotted a night heron lurking in the brush.
Night Heron in the Camargue, France
On to the flamingos!  Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau features a loop trail around the reserve and over the course of a few hours, we saw many flocks of greater pink flamingos.  In many cases, we were less than 10 feet away from where the flamingos were wading.
Watching the Pink Flamingos of the Camargue, France
Pink Flamingos in the Camargue
Wading Pink Flamingos in the Camargue, France
A Pink Flamingo in the Camargue, France
Bring a camera with a zoom lens because the flamingos are definitely photogenic. I am flamingo, here me roar!
A Pink Flamingo flapping its wings in the Camargue, France
While most of the flamingos are pink due to their shellfish diet, the juveniles are easy to spot because they are mostly white.
Juvenile pink flamingos in the Camargue, France
The flamingos mostly splashed about on the ground but occasionally they would take flight.  These birds are simply amazing to see with wings spread soaring overhead.
Pink flamingos in flight in the Camargue, France
Here is a video that I created capturing the wild flamingos of the Camargue in action.  I could have watched them for hours!

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Sidewalk Safari: In Search of the Pink Flamingos of the Camargue
In Search of the Pink Flamingos of the Camargue
Recap of a visit to Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau in the Camargue, France. This wetlands reserve is home to thousands of pink flamingos and other bird species.
Sidewalk Safari
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