Flamingoes are gregarious wading birds, They live in large flocks in aquatic areas. A group of flamingoes is called a “pat”.
I thought I was at L. Naivasha only to discover that what was once a part of L. Naivasha is now it’s own lake…,Lake Oloiden. This is a saline volcanic lake that produces spirulina, the bacteria which is the main food for lesser flamingoes.
So what was this flamingo doing all alone in the early evening? Has it left the “pat” in preparation for death? Is it sick? All day I had watched so many flamingoes and other birds flying around, but no loner. And because they were so many, I saw them but did not really see them as individuals till the Lone Ranger appeared.
Sometimes our uniqueness gets lost in the crowd. While in a “pat” would this flamingo still have had space to be alone? Does a flamingo experience aloneness in a crowd as we so often do?
Maybe tonight I shall get the opportunity to ask my Lone Ranger flamingo, though the last time I tried to approach him he flew away. I think he doesn’t get taken in by ‘forward Ladies”.
So in the afternoon I got an opportunity to go out on the lake and look for my Friend the Lone Ranger. And in my 30 minutes of sailing I saw 2 flamingoes ang uncountable scoops, pods or squadrons of Pelicans. So it seems this lake now has a greater population of Pelicans than Flamingoes hence the lonesome swim by my Lone Ranger .
Till next time my friend the Lone Ranger of lovely lake Oloiden.