Wednesday Waterfowl of the Week–The Wiley Flaming O

Photo Courtesy of Beth Bagwell

You’d be orange too if you consumed carotenoids like these guys do. They get them, not by eating carrots, but by scooping up algae and other life forms off the bottom of shallow waters throughout South America and the southern US, all while standing on one foot. I saw these guys and girls last week at the cute little Sacramento Zoo.

Scientists don’t know for sure why they like to stand on one foot. Maybe they’re practicing for a sobriety test.

About Scott

The founding member of Terra Cotta Music, Scott is a guitarist, composer, educator, writer, and avid hiker. His love for the outdoors, especially the beautiful trails of Sedona, Arizona has been a great source of creative inspiration. He believes that a close connection to nature brings comfort to our souls and spirits, and tries to capture and reflect that in his music and in this blog. You can email him at
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