Flamenco chick count at Fuente de Piedra

The Guardian has this nice slideslow of images and text on this year’s flamingo chick count at the Fuente de Piedra lagoon, near Malaga. Around 600 of the 5,000 chicks born at the lagoon this year were ringed. Fuente de Piedra is the most important breeding ground for flamingos in the Iberian Peninsula.

And check out a post on this on the forum by Peter

“The ringing of Greater Flamingo chicks is a highly organised affair and run with military precision. The group of volunteers, numbering somewhere over 300, embark during cover of darkness slowly and silently encircling the nursery of young. As dawn arrives the nursery is slowly and safely encouraged towards a fence line and bell mouth shaped entrance to a holding corral. Read

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