Whilst Houghton lived and worked in South Africa he became involved in the plight of the flamingo. This eye catching pink bird is often seen in vast flocks, however, as a species it is very endangered due to human encroachment on its natural habitats. Kamfer’s Dam is situated to the immediate north of Kimberley, South Africa. The area of water at the dam has become a major breeding site for lesser flamingos since construction of an artificial island. Thanks to the Oppenheimer family’s generous patronage Houghton was given a studio base alongside the dam, and started painting the flamingos. These paintings were used to raise money for various bird life conservation charities, and the flamingo theme is one that the artist continually revisits.