Pink flamingos in the wild? He's got proof in his pictures

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Tom Dexel shares some awesome photos of a pink flamingo he spotted in the wild in the Elkhorn Slough on Monterey Bay while rowing yesterday. "I live on the Monterey Bay in California!  We only see flamingos in the zoo," he wrote.

FLAMINGO3Dexel was surprised when he saw the flamingo, but even more amazed when he noticed similarities between his discovery and details from a St. Petersburg Times story on wild flamingos. In both cases, the flamingos were spotted near power plants.

The Times' Jeff Klinkenberg wrote about seeing a flamingo while riding on a boat near the mouth of the Alafia River in October 2002. Photographer Ken Helle got out of the boat with his tripod and took pictures of the flamingo; one of them is shown on right.

"Behind it, rising in the mist, were stacks of gypsum. A phosphate plant," Klinkenberg wrote.

"The beast. The beauty. Just like the rest of Florida, where shopping centers tickle cypress swamps. A flamingo and a phosphate plant: Welcome to the country of Alice In Wonderland."

Dexel said he snapped pictures as he rowed back and forth past "this mystery bird."

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He took a photo of his GPS to record his location.

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The flamingo flies across Monterey Bay.

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View more of Dexel's photos; vote for your favorites.

[Last modified: Monday, May 24, 2010 5:02pm]

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