7.25″ x 13.25″

Oil on Wood

The Caribbean Flamingo is one of the most recognizable birds on the planet. But when you really look at their beak… it’s weird… and amazing. It works like an upside down strainer. They use their big webbed feet to stomp around in the mud and kick up small aquatic plants and animals (some, like crustaceans, have carotenoid pigment in their shell – like carrots – which give flamingos their pink coloration) once kicked up in the water, they use their beak to strain the food from the muddy water. And while they’re using this sweet beak to eat, they make a low, “gabbling” noise – almost like they’re saying, “Nom nom nom..” hahaha.