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Pale Pink Flamingos

Flamingos stroll along the fresh-water inland lakes called the Etangs de Villepey, near Saint-Aygulf by Fréjus on the French Riviera.

These wetlands may be small, but they are protected by the Conservatoire du Littoral and birds of all feathers flock here to splurge on tiny critters that hide in the muddy waters.

Crouched and quiet in the wooden bird observatory, we spotted a group of flamingoes at Villepey yesterday evening. They were white, not pink. It's the plankton that flamingoes eat that gives the birds their color. So much for pink flamingoes. They were nevertheless beautiful, perched up "en pointe" and swaying around the lake like ballet dancers.

Care to learn more about the Etangs de Villepey? Check out our previous article about Villepey here.