The Florida Flamingo

The Florida Flamingo


  • The Florida Flamingo

Published Date

  • published 1940


posed that they were blown here by the storm, as they soon after

The same month, G. W. Romer, a Miami photographer, was in the
Everglades southwest of Miami to get photographs of birds. A severe
windstorm the previous night had driven much of the wild life to high
land. While Romer was waiting concealed in a blind, a flock of 16
flamingos appeared wading and feeding in the shallow waters of a near-
by canal. Delighted over this rare good fortune, Mr. Romer made a
remarkable photograph. At the click of the camera shutter the birds
made hurried and noisy exit from the scene. Sounding their huh huh
huh, the second sound strongly accented, they flew away in triangular
formation. It was thought that this was the same flock of birds seen a
few days before by Mr. Sirman, and, as they are now believed to be
entirely extinct on the North American continent, except in captivity,
they were probably migratory visitors from Cuba and the Bahamas.

There are a few flamingos in parks and private estates through-
out Florida. The largest collection is at Hialeah Park in Miami where a
flock of 310 is a never-ending attraction to visitors.

Flamingos do not usually mate in captivity, but in 1936, at
Hialeah, several pairs of birds proved exceptions. Slipping away from
their fellows, they built crude nests in the back stretch of the big infield
at the race track. Social life interfered with domesticity, however, and,
off they went, neglecting unaccustomed parental duty, and none of the
eggs hatched.