Romanian bird watchers "sensationally" spotted and photographed wild pink flamingos in the Danube delta for the first time in decades, the national ornithological society (SOR) said Monday.
Four birds were seen by an expedition to the Danube-Black Sea estuary on August 20. Flamingos are not uncommon in parts of Mediterranean Europe, but are extremely rare in Romania, SOR said.
A migratory bird, the flamingo abandons Europe in the winter and moves to warmer habitats in Africa and Asia.
Wading through shallow, open water, the 120-to-145-centimetre tall bird mostly feeds on invertebrates it picks from the mud. Their white feathers sometimes turn pink from the reddish pigment found in some crustaceans.