As they soar into the air, this huge flock of flamingos give a whole new meaning to the term ‘pretty in pink’.
These stunning aerial shots capture the two million vividly-colored birds gathering to feed in the world’s largest desert lake – and the flock resembles the type of tiny pink microbes they eat.
The fantastic feathered creatures are photographed skimming gently over the serene waters of Lake Turkana in Kenya’s spectacular Rift Valley.
Travel photographer Michael Poliza, 55, from Hamburg in Germany travelled to the great lakes of Kenya and Tanzania to take these extraordinary pictures of Africa from above.
‘These lakes are each an absolute flamingo paradise,’ he said.
‘Both the greater flamingo and lesser flamingo can be seen there.
‘Pigment in the flamingos’ food supply is responsible for creating the distinctive pink colour of their feathers, beautifully showcased here by this heart-shaped flock.
‘This shallow saline lake in the Rift Valley is world-famous for its huge numbers of flamingos.
‘At times, the lake hosts up to two-million of these pink-plumaged birds at once, although it is the nutrition available in the lake at any given time that determines the number of birds.’
Originally called Lake Rudolf after a 19th century Austrian count Lake Turkana plays host to hippos, hyenas, crocodiles, elephants and rhinos, as well as the algae and shell fish that give flamingos food.
The brightly-hued microbes give the creatures their distinctive pink colour, as the algae contains canthaxanthin, a natural dye which transforms the grey feathers of young flamingoes into the pink they are recognised by once they turn into adults.
Flamingos mate for life, grow up to five-feet tall and can fly up to 35 miles-per-hour.
The name ‘flamingo’ is believed to originate from the Spanish word ‘flamenco’, which means fire in reference to their bright feathers.
‘Every time visit flamingos it’s a whole different experience,’ said Michael.
‘They are always creating new images for me.
‘And if you fly over them high enough, you hardly disturb them.’
Attribution: Leon Watson, Mail Online