Flamingos On Watersound Beach

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  1. Teresa

    Teresa SoWal Guide Staff Member

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    South Walton local photographer Nichole Burnett captured this rare and beautiful moment on WaterSound Beach June 28. Flamingos have been spotted along the gulf coast over the last week or so. Perhaps the same pair...

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    But climate change is a hoax.
     
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    Probably nothing to do with climate change. Audubon article:

    In the early 1800s, people who visited coastal areas in southern Florida in winter were met with an astounding sight: hundreds of thousands of American Flamingos. The majestic pink bird, endemic to Central and South America and the Caribbean, wintered in Florida’s tropical climes. By the end of the century, however, European settlers seemed to have eradicated the leggy waders through feather and egg harvesting, and ever since the birds have been scarce in the Sunshine State—until recently.
     
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    On Thursday, we saw two strange birds flying over Eastern Lake. They were long and skinny. When they paused, and glided for a spell, they were clearly pink flamingos. Most likely the same famous ones from WaterSound.
     
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    I've seen several photos and video of a pair of flamingos, the last photo was from Saturday in Seagrove. Photographers doing family photo shoots on the beach are in the right spots... This was by Heathyr Randolph of Heathyr Phoenix Photography of Pensacola who was doing a shoot here on Seagrove Beach Saturday.

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    They also flew over the crowd on the beach at Grayton state park just as the sun was setting before the fireworks show at Seaside. They flew right into the sunset. WOW. Not sure that many people actually saw them though.
     
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    oh no! I hope they survived all the fireworks explosions.
     
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    They were fine! They were headed West (into the sunset) away from the fireworks. They must have been psychic flamingos!!! HAHAHAHA.
     
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    They damn sure weren't camera shy. These same two birds have been all over the media. Bigger news than the Trump-Putin bromance. (sorry, couldn't help it)
     

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