Our Flamingo Salt Lake

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If you missed them as they flew by Oasis Coral Estate Beach, Dive & Wellness Resort, you can check out the salt lake next to our resort. Did you know that the famous Curacao flamingos can partly be found on our premises? The most beautiful walking route to see them is a hiking nature trail that leads down a large cliff to the salt lake. This salt lake is home to the flamingos of Curacao. You will find dozens of flamingos here, and you might even get the perfect picture of them.

The pink flamingos’ food

As you can see, the flamingos of Curacao have a distinctive pink colour. This is a sign that they are healthy. Grey flamingos are generally less healthy because they do not eat the right food. The special pink colour comes from bacteria and beta carotene that they extract from their food. With their long neck and special beak, they filter the salt water from the salt lake to regain small bits of food from the water. At the salt lake, they have few food competitors, since most of the other birds living on Curacao avoid salt water. In general, the larger flamingos eat small lobsters living here, as well as worms and molluscs they filter from the salt water. The smaller pink flamingos usually eat small algae as well.

Young and old pink flamingos

With some luck, you will also see young flamingos; you can recognise them by their grey-pink down. Some big flamingos have a colour which almost seems red. They are 140 to 175 centimetres tall. If you look closely, you will see that some pink flamingos are slightly bigger than the others. These are usually the males. The females are usually slightly smaller. The light yellow colour of the eyes of the flamingo is also something special. Because of this, we advise you to bring binoculars along to the salt lake, so you can also spot these remarkable details. Have fun on your walk to see the pink flamingos!

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