Mother’s Love, Mexico, 2012

This image was taken during the annual feeding of the flamingo chicks at the main nesting area at Rio Lagartos in Mexico. To capture this photograph, I had to move the camera around blind at night, and get the birds accustomed to it, so as not to upset the colony.

When a flamingo chick hatches, both parents take turns feeding it, first with a special liquid baby food they produce in their throats called crop milk, then with regurgitated regular flamingo food as the chicks grows. Flamingo chicks are born with grey and white feathers, and do not turn pink for a year or two.

Location: Rio Lagartos, Mexico
Photograph Date: 2012
Medium: Chromogenic Print
Edition: 350
Available Sizes: 100cm 150cm 200cm

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About the Photographer

Alejandro Prieto

Alejandro is a Mexican photojournalist based in Guadalajara, Mexico, he specializes in wildlife conservation stories, he has won several prestigious international photography awards and his work have been published in different magazines around the world such as BBC Wildlife, GEO, and National Geographic.

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