About the Photo
This Caribbean flamingo image was taken late in the afternoon immediately following a typical South Florida thunderstorm and at a time when Zoo Miami’s flock of flamingoes was displaying their peak breeding coloration. As the storm clouds parted, a warm ray of sunset light peeked through from the horizon just enough to illuminate this single individual and its stunning color which was reflected beautifully in the ripples on the water. Ron used a Nikon D3 body with a Nikon 200-400 AFS – VR f4 lens handheld.
Ron Magill is the Zoo Communications and Media Relations Director at Zoo Miami. Ron has worked with wildlife for over 30 years and has had the privilege of having hands-on experience with a tremendous variety of animals. As Zoo Miami’s Goodwill Ambassador, he has made frequent television appearances on many programs including, National Geographic Explorer, the Today Show, CBS’ The Early Show, Dateline and on CNN. Ron is also a regular guest on several Spanish language television programs including international hits Sabado Gigante and Despierta America. In addition, he has written and produced many wildlife articles and award-winning photographs that have appeared in publications and galleries around the world. He has traveled extensively throughout Africa, India and Tropical America while developing and directing conservation projects and Emmy Award – winning documentaries focusing on the wildlife of those regions. He is a proud alumnus of the University of Florida.
The winning photo appears on the cover of the December 2011 issue of AZA’s CONNECT magazine.
To see additional photos from the contest, visit CONNECT magazine online.