To see the flamingos in Ría Lagartos or Celestún, you have to take a boat ride. To see them in Uaymitún, you can visit the lookout tower that is right next to the road. Admission is free and the caretakers will lend you some binoculars.
Flamingos are funny birds, the way they stand around on one leg in shallow water. To eat, they turn their heads upside down and drag their beaks along the bottom, inhaling the mud that contains the shrimp, fish and minerals that they eat. The minerals give them their unique color.
Flamingos are nervous birds, so we ask that you don’t scare them or try to make them fly. If you are lucky enough, you’ll get to see them in natural flight early in the morning or at sunset. It’s quite a sight. Enjoy them in silence and take lots of pictures!
Celestún is the main courtship area for the greater pink flamingo, during the fall and winter months, in the mangroves. Then they move to the sandy beaches of Río Lagartos for nesting and birthing.
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