Flamingo in disguise?
QDIRK BEZUIDENHOUT from Pretoria writes: I photographed these yellow-billed storks next to the Chobe River in Botswana. According to our guide, the storks get these pink feathers during breeding season. Is this true?
ABird expert PETER RYAN says: Yes. These yellow-billed storks are in their breeding plumage. Their red facial skin also becomes brighter, which they can accentuate by pulling back their scalp. The back feathers of both sexes exhibit this pink “wash” – a carotenoid-based pigment derived from their diet. Pink plumage indicates good health in both sexes.