Stunning photography captures flamingos in flight from above
Now that’s what you call a bird’s eye view! Breathtaking images capture a flock of flamingos from above.
The stunning aerial shots of flamingos in Lake Logipi, Kenya, give a unique and stunning perspective on African wildlife.
The pink birds look even more colourful against the dark backdrop, and taken from the air the images allow for a new appreciation of their huge numbers.
Amateur photographer Michael Viljoen, 58, took these images from a plane with its doors removed in late August, which he says threw up many challenges when it came to taking the photos.
He said: “Compared to a helicopter with its ability to fly at slower speeds, photographing from the open doors of a fast flying plane is altogether more challenging.
“Initially there is the fear factor with only a loosely fastened seat belt preventing you from falling out of the plane to a certain death.
“The plane jerks up and down often making any sort of framing with a camera impossible and wind makes it impossible to extend camera lenses out the open doors.
“When you spot something, you have literally a few seconds to frame and compose the image.
“Flamingos will move from lake to lake searching for optimal conditions and will sometimes travel large distances, to Ethiopia, South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Mauritania in West Africa.
“Sometimes the birds will favour one lake during the day and then roost on another at night before returning to the original lake the next day.
“We didn’t see any nests from the plane as water levels were relatively high, so they might be using the lake as a migration stop-over but equally they could be breeding or feeding.
“I absolutely love these images and would love the opportunity to do some more aerial photography.
“The colours and patterns are always changing so you’d always get different photos.”