Abandoned eggs extended as far as the eye could see, their chalky whiteness contrasted against the backdrop of the salt desert. The flamingos that left them had been forced to abandon their nests, after low rainfall brought the early arrival of salt pan workers. Jayesh remarks how he converted his image to black-and-white to ‘convey a melancholic mood’.
Lesser flamingos have always nested on salt pans, as they provide a safe environment away from predators where the birds can feed on the shells and plankton found in the water. This lifeless landscape is a stark reminder of the impact human disturbance and habitat loss can have on flamingos, whose populations continue to decline.
Canon EOS 6D + 24–105mm f4 lens at 90mm; 1/50 sec at f22; ISO 100; Gitzo tripod + Manfrotto ballhead
Little Rann of Kutch, Gujarat, India
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Jayesh Joshi, India
Jayesh is a consultant radiologist by profession. He started taking photographs a few years ago thanks to his son's interest in wildlife. His job doesn't allow him to take long holidays, but short weekend photography trips allow him to relax, away from his medical practice. The more hidden stories of nature are what interest him most. His dream is to visit national parks around the world.