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Fuente de Piedra

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    • Day 37

      Pink Flamingoes? In Spain?

      February 8 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 7 °C

      The reason why we are in Antequera is because before coming to Spain we started following an informative Facebook blog, Mapping Spain, written by an ex-Canadian, Frank Thomae. Frank and his wife, Lisette, wrote a great blog extolling the virtues of Antequera and we were intrigued so we made plans to visit this city and possibly meet this interesting couple.

      We contacted Frank who made plans for us to get together at a tapas bar on Friday. We are looking forward to that. We mentioned that we wanted to see the nearby lagoon with flamingoes and invited Frank to come with us.

      We met and had lots of good travel stories to share as they have been to a lot of the same places we have been to in Mexico. All of us have itchy feet!

      Anyways, the Laguna de Fuente de Piedra is located near Antequera and next to the town from which it takes its name. It is the largest lagoon in Andalusia and is home to the largest colony of pink flamingos in the entire Iberian Peninsula.

      Their presence in this lagoon though depends on the amount of water that the lagoon has. Usually in autumn and winter there will be small groups and from February, if the water level is good, larger groups of up to 8,000 couples will nest there and will lay a single egg. Once these little ones learn to fly (at three months), between August and September, they will leave for Africa.

      The lagoon is fed by underground water. When the water table drops through drought and pumping for irrigating the surrounding crops, the lake level drops too. There are been a drought in Andalucia and there was hardly any water in the lagoon, but we did see flamingos in the distance.

      There are several other species of birds here also. Probably here because of the water. When we got there, birders with their binoculars were checking them out.

      We read that the visitors centre is excellent and very informative but sadly it wasn’t open when we were there.

      We said, “Hasta luego”, to Frank and will meet up with him and Lisette tomorrow night for tapas at a local bar, Rincon de Lola.
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    • Day 34

      Laguna de Fuente de Piedra

      March 17, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

      Ich habe wieder einmal einen Quantensprung geschafft: vom Großstadttrubel in himmlische Ruhe 😁😉.

      Mein ursprüngliches Ziel heute war Nerja... wieder ans Meer.
      Ich folgte der A92.... Bei etwa der Hälfte der Strecke sah ich im Navi rechts von der A92 einen See - in ❤️form!

      Mein Magen knurrte und ich wollte den Hundies nach dem stressigen Vormittag was Gutes tun und ans Wasser.

      Kurzerhand bog ich rechts ab bei FUENTE DE PETRA. Dann fixierte ich im Navi einen Punkt am See. Ich bestellte "oben" wieder einen schönen Platz am See.
      Das Navi sagte "unbefestigte Straße". Hmmm.... es war kein Verbotsschild und ich fand die Straße befestigter (war asphaltiert) wie die sandigen Parkplätze die letzte Nacht.

      Jaaaaa..... aber es ging keine befahrbare Straße zum See. Die Straße, die ich fuhr, führte immer weiter weg. Nur schmale Sandwegchen gingen zwischen den Olivenhainen durch.

      Ich fuhr weiter bis ich an eine Stelle kam, an der ich wenden konnte. Da entdeckte ich das Schild und erkannte, was für ein wundervoller Ort/Platz hier überhaupt ist.
      Naturreservat "LAGUNA DE FUENTE DE PIETRA".
      Der See schimmerte teilweise rosa und dann sah ich sie: unzählig viele Flamingos👌
      Und Kaninchen haben hier auch ihr kleines Paradies.

      Auf der Rückfahrt bog ich dann doch auf einen noch schmaleren Schotterweg ein. 50km/h stand dort - KEIN Verbotsschild.
      Dann.... eine kleine "Parkbucht" auf Gras, direkt am Olivenhain.
      Vor mir lag eine Ortschaft. JA! Hier kann ich stehen🙏
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    • Day 35

      Fiente de Piedra (Flamingo-Lagune)

      November 4, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

      Wir werden leider enttäuscht, auch wenn es ein paar Flamingos zu sehen gibt, ist dies jedoch nur aus weiter Ferne möglich, da natürlich die Lagune über den Sommer auf ein Minimum geschrumpft ist. Daher gehen wir ins Besucherzentrum und stöbern dort etwas. Ist ein kurzer Aufenthalt.Read more

    • Day 17

      Fuente de piedra, spain

      May 28, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

      the sanctuary was closed but paths still open. we saw flamingos in the distance, but path to the lake was fenced and no access. we ended up finding our way to a bird blind and found other keen birders on the cool of the evening and there they were!! groups of flamingos swimming, padidlng, standing and eating. they were very pink when they flew. almost like a worm with wings. we also saw a white headed duck with a blue bill. and reddish head one called a prichard. some coots and one baby coot with red fuzz ball on its head. there were also pied avocet, glossy ibis, storks and black winged stilts.Read more

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