This is an oil on canvas of a greater flamingo feeding its chick in Rajasthan, India. The flamingos make their nest out of mud which is ideal as they nest in the mudflats. The mound is about 1 to 2 feet tall and the female lays only one egg per season. Both parents initially produce crop milk which they feed the chicks.
Initially, the chicks and adults stay in the nest, then the chicks begin to move out of their nests. When they are two weeks old, the chicks congregate in groups called microcreches and their parents leave them alone. Later the microcreches merge into creches containing thousands of chicks. This behavior helps in survival against predators.
(Artwork is currently on gallery wrapped canvas and unframed. The painting can be shipped rolled up or streched. Shipping on actuals.)