Between eight thousand and ten thousand flamingos have again established their breeding area in the Torrevieja saline lagoon which, with each pair usually laying one egg, indicates that numbers could equal or even exceed the reproduction success of the year 2022, with almost five thousand chicks.
A lack of rain in Doñana (Huelva) and Fuente de Piedra (Málaga) has displaced the birds to the Mediterranean wetlands Natural Park and salt mine which has reinforce measures to avoid human pressure
Photographer Federico Kenzelmann says that in recent days the eggs have already begun to hatch and there are hundreds of young already accumulating in the nurseries of these spectacular birds. This is the fourth consecutive nesting of the species in the pink lagoon after they did so for the first time in history in 2020, in the midst of a pandemic.
The Natural Park of the Torrevieja and La Mata Lagoons, which is managed by the Generalitat in collaboration with Salins España, has carried out measures this year to ensure that the impact of humans on the wetland is as small as possible, especially with regard to the many amateur photographers who tend to arrive in the area.
Among the measures to protect the colony, the perimeter of the shoreline where the colony has established its breeding area and its “nurseries” in the last 4 years has been secured with a mesh fence which the authorities say should now ensure that neither domestic animals, nor predators, nor people unrelated to the salt mine can access the area artificially created in the 1990s to divide the lagoon , which has already become a sanctuary for the reproduction of the flamingo in this part of Spain.