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New Flamingo generation on its way
Following a turbulent and rather unusual start to the breeding season, a record-breaking number of Flamingos have now settled down in the Trinitat salt pans in the Ebro Delta. 2.454 pairs of Greater Flamingo have initiated nesting attempts; this is over 600 pairs more than the previous years, where 1.800-1.900 pairs have bred in the delta.
The Flamingos habitually start pairing up and nesting in late March, but this year the first two attempts of starting up the colony were disturbed and failed, and for a while it was thought that no Flamingos were going to breed this year. The breeding had already failed in the biggest Spanish colony at Fuente de Piedra due to drought, so the colony in the Ebro Delta was the only hope for the Spanish Flamingo generation anno 2008. It was therefore with great relief that the staff of the Parc Natural del Delta de l'Ebre watched a third nesting attempt initiated in early May, this time spread out over three new locations in the salt pans. The three 'cores' within the colony were not completely synchronized, and thus the chicks will probably hatch at different times over the summer, but they all look well established.
Perhaps some of the birds from Fuente de Piedra has settled down in the Ebro Delta instead, perhaps the youngsters from the last 15 years of Flamingos breeding in the delta has suddenly boosted the colony; regardless of the reason, it is a great relief that this emblematic bird species has found peace and space to breed also this year in the delta.
Source: Parc Natural del Delta de l'Ebre, June 2008.
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