Millions of flamingos have migrated back to Lake Bogoria creating a spectacle and a sight to behold.
The pink flamingos are back in Kenya after a breeding season that normally takes place on Lake Natron, Tanzania. Their breeding season runs between December and March. Thereafter the adults give the young ones time to mature before they migrate back to Nakuru.
Lake Natron is one of the deadliest water bodies in the world. Visit the lake and you will be turned into a calcified statue. The flamingos casually flock and hang out on the lake due to their dietary needs. Lesser flamingos primarily feed on a cyano bacteria known as spirulina which grows in bodies of water with high alkalinity levels. Because Lake Natron is brimming with alkaline water, it offers the perfect environment for this bacteria to thrive.
The flamingo population at Lake Bogoria national reserve changes depending on abundance of food and the mating season. This year’s flock has been significantly larger than last year’s, signifying a successful nesting season. The number of flamingos at the lake is close to that of the wildebeests in the Mara; in the millions.
The birds, known for their tough skin, drink water at near boiling point the springs and geysers at the lake’s edges. Lake Bogoria contains the highest concentration of true geysers in Africa.
Fun fact: Flamingos are not naturally pink. They are born with grey feathers which gradually turn pink due to a red-orange pigment that’s found in high numbers within algae, larvae, and brine shrimp, which is their primary diet.
The lesser flamingo is the smallest species of flamingo (although tall and large by bird standards).
Locals have a rich history attached to Lake Bogoria and are thus supporting conservation efforts.