Pretty in Pink – The Greater Flamingo

There is a pond to the north of Daimiel not far from the Tablas de Daimiel National Park called the Laguna de Navaseca. It’s not very big but is always full of life. It is a delightful place for any birder, or even one not so interested, who loves to see vast quantities of birds in a concentrated area. Sometimes the noise can be raucous to say the least. One of the most noticeable of the larger birds has to be the beautiful Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus). Most people are extremely surprised when I tell them we have large numbers of Flamingos in Castilla la Mancha, but we do. And what beautiful birds they are too.

Greater Flamingo (Pheonicopterus roseus)
Greater Flamingo (Pheonicopterus roseus)

Due to the salty nature of certain waters that flow from the mountains north of the Tablas of Daimiel and the large number of shallow ponds, the Flamingos have ideal conditions for feeding and breeding. And they do that in large numbers.

Greater Flamingo (Pheonicopterus roseus)
Greater Flamingo (Pheonicopterus roseus)

Currently in the Laguna de Navaseca there are upwards of 250 Flamingos walking, feeding, preening, stretching their wings and flying about. It is a magnificient sight and they make a very photogenic subject. Of course it’s not just the Navaseca where they can be found, they are to be found in nearly all our shallow ponds. Come to La Mancha in central Spain and see for yourself.

Greater Flamingo (Pheonicopterus roseus)
Greater Flamingo (Pheonicopterus roseus)

 

Juvenile Greater Flamingo (Pheonicopterus roseus)
Juvenile Greater Flamingo (Pheonicopterus roseus)

Contact us now at Oretani Wildlife to book your birding tour in Spain and see pink, purple and a myriad of other colours.

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