La­guna Colorada, Bo­livia

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Contents -

Moun­tain go­ril­las, grey whales, man­a­tees and royal al­ba­trosses

Hun­dreds of pink flamin­gos wad­ing across a blood-red lake is a star­tling sight in this re­mote part of the Bo­li­vian Alti­plano – a spec­tac­u­lar land­scape of desert plains, vol­ca­noes and bub­bling mud pools. The bizarre La­guna Colorada in the Ed­uardo Avaroa An­dean Fauna Na­tional Re­serve is a vast, shal­low salt lake with a vivid red hue, due to its high con­tent of al­gae. The wa­ter body at­tracts large num­bers of three of the world’s six species of flamingo: Chilean, An­dean and the rare James’s flamingo. The best time to ob­serve the colour­ful birds is from De­cem­ber through to April.

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