Infrared Zoo Gallery - Flamingos


Infrared Flamingos

These warm-blooded flamingos are not only generating their own internal heat, but are being warmed up on the outside by sunlight. In the images just below, the warmest parts of the flamingos are where direct sunlight is shining. The very bottom two images show a pair of flamingos in the shade. Here the warmest areas are their beaks, faces, legs and feet - places which can most easily radiate heat because they are not covered by thick feathers.

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