The Pink Flamingos

While in Merida we made a short side trip to a bird sanctuary that lies on the Gulf of Mexico coastline. The park is famous for a local flamingo population and its beautiful mangrove setting.

Interestingly, you can see the exact point at which the nutrient rich mangrove run-off meets with the ocean:

As for the Flamingos, we could only go within about 100m of their location as a result of shallow waters and conservation measures. Nevertheless, we managed to get a good look at these magnificent birds.

In addition to seeing the flamingos, we also saw large colonies of pelicans and eagles. On the way back to the port we stopped off at a small mangrove forest walk in which the water was perfectly still and tea-coloured as a result of rotting vegetation and mangrove run off (apparently the water has a healing property).

1 Response to “The Pink Flamingos”

  1. 1 Karen Feb 12th, 2007 at 10:38 am

    Nutrient-rich water…sounds like another expression for smelly water. Was it?

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