Researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society's Bronx Zoo flew south in June to the Bahamas' Inagua National Park, where they banded nearly 200 juvenile Caribbean flamingos to study their migration and movement patterns and identify the animals in the future. Here they head across the water to where the birds will be corralled and examined.
Researchers put bands like these ones on 200 birds to track their movement, in June 2012.
This colony of Caribbean flamingos includes birds ranging in age from adult to just weeks old. In contrast to the coral-colored adults, juveniles have white and gray feathers.
Juvenile flamingos get their characteristic pink feathers around one to three years of age. They are ready to breed at about age six.
Frank Espinoza, a flamingo researcher from Venezuela, herds a large group of birds toward the corral so they can be banded and examined.
Flamingos head across the lakebed toward the corral.
The birds await the wildlife veterinarians in the corral.
Neil McKinney, President of Bahamas National Trust, records data as WCS researcher Bonnie Raphael examines a young Caribbean flamingo. Dean Moberg, Animal Supervisor at Sea World Orlando, is holding the bird for the examination.
Tim Mohl, Principal Keeper at WCS
A banded juvenile runs across the beach to rejoin the rest of the colony. Flamingos need to run a few steps into the wind to take off during flight.
Flamingos create nest mounds to keep their eggs and offspring out of the water until they are ready to fledge.