These extraordinary images bring a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘pretty in pink.’
Thousands of brightly-colored birds gathered to the ground and covered the sky as far as their eyes could see.
Known for their beautiful pink plumage, the long-legged waders get their unique color because they eat pigmented organisms.
Russian photographer Andrey Gudkov, 42, visited many varied lakes in Africa and Brazil to capture one of the most stunning natural beauties.
In fact, during the mating season, up to thousands of flamingos gather together in a single gathering.
Andrey said: “Flamingos are one of the most impressive birds to photograph.
“They are big and brightly-colored creatures with long necks and legs, making them great cameras’ subjects.”
“It’s impressive when they gather in such large swarmings, giving a significantly more abundant appearance.”
“It is imperative to follow the rules carefully so that you don’t scare birds accidentally while taking photos of them as each species is different.”
“As a photographer, I know what I must stay calm and collected and not make any fast moves.”
“Of course, their magnificent color is what makes them really unique. They get their pink color from the red maxillopods, which contain carotenoids.
“In Kenya, the birds are very cautious and won’t let you get closer than 30 meters, but in Cuba, you can sometimes get close to photograph their eggs.
“In Kenya, birds are cautious and won’t let you get closer than 30 meters. Whereas in Cuba, you can get close to set up and take pictures of their eggs.
“I find it extremely fascinating when you see animals of tremendous numbers gathering in one place. It makes my day to go photographing them.