These gorgeous flamingos are from the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, near a sleepy coastal town called Celestun.
It is located in the northwest corner of the state, just north of the border with the state of Campeche, on the Gulf of Mexico coast. It is mostly a fishing town, with a 19th-century lighthouse (as well as a more modern one) and an abandoned historic Hacienda. Besides fishing, Celestun also produces salt, as it has done from pre-Columbian times. Tourism is also making up an increasing portion of the town's economy, as the community has many kilometers of sand beaches and abundant wildlife.
Surrounding the town is the 147,500-acre Parque Natural del Flamenco Mexicano (also known as the Celestun Biosphere Reserve, a wetland reserve that is the winter home to vast flocks of flamingos, as well as many herons and other bird species. More than 200 species of birds pass through on migration, or live there.
We traveled there with one goal in mind. I wanted to see lots of flamingos! What I saw, and captured, exceeded my expectations. I hoped to see a few here and there. I did not expect to see such abundance. We were giddy!
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