Here we see a lone Andean Flamingo from the Peruvian Andes Mountains before takeoff. Just as an airplane, a flamingo can’t take flight without first gaining ground speed. Therefore, flamingos run across the water with head and legs outstretched while flapping their wings until liftoff speed is accomplished.
Andean Flamingos are classified as vulnerable due to mining activities which pollute the waters in which flamingos feed and breed; resulting in colonies containing fewer than one percent juvenile birds. In addition, illegal egg collecting has increased due to international demand for flamingo egg consumption. Furthermore, because of their appeal to collectors of exotic species, poachers trap Andean Flamingos for shipment to worldwide destinations.
This painting was produced in only Black & White to create a hypnotic effect in the viewers' mind.
“I wanted to give the impression of this beautiful creature slipping into oblivion. It is seen all alone on this mesmerizing massive stretch of water which is indistinguishable except for the splash around the Flamingo's foot. The lonely void has no beginning, and no end, giving a feeling of no hope. At same time, the large strong wings invoke a sense of the bird’s inner strength and determination to survive.”