Flamingos in the Atacama Salt Desert

I heard on the BBC that scientists believe that flamingos stand on one leg in order to regulate their body temperatures. They stand on one leg mostly when they stand in water, and the heat is drawn from the warmer place (their bodies) to the cooler place (the water) following the laws of thermodynamics.

AtacamaIn the Atacama salt desert there are three types of flamingos; some migrate from Bolivia in the Bolivian winter. The salt desert is entirely without vegetation, as you can see, but there are pools of salty water. Continue reading