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Flamingos on the Momella Lakes
The Momella Lakes are part of the Arusha National Park, some kilometers northeast of Arusha in northern Tanzania. There are 7 lakes; all of them hold alkaline water due to the volcanic underground. Here we can see great numbers of flamingos all year round. This number increases remarkably during the end of the dry season, end of September/beginning of October, when all other resources of water have fallen dry. Then the whole surface of the Momella Lakes is covered with flamingos. The majority of them are Lesser Flamingos, and in spite of this name these birds reach a standing height of 1m. With the specially formed bill they filter the water for tiny food items like plankton and algae. They may reach an age of 50 years.