Málaga wetlands

Just slightly north-west of Antequera in the Málaga province of Spain is Laguna de Fuente de Piedra, a large wetland area.

Terrapins @ Laguna de Fuente de Piedra

Terrapins @ Laguna de Fuente de Piedra

The Laguna de Fuente de Piedra is the largest natural lake in the Iberian Peninsula and is a haven for birds with over 170 different species recorded here.

Common Redshank

Common Redshank

Juevenile Black winged stilt

Juevenile black winged stilt

Apart from its abundant aquatic birds, Laguna de Fuente de Piedra is well-known for its flamingo population, the second largest colony of these birds in Europe after the French Camargue region and the only inland site on the continent where they breed. In spring flamingos flock here in their thousands to reproduce, unfortunately they were too far away to be photographed although there was certainly no shortage of other birds!

Female stonechat

Female stonechat

Woodchat shrike

Woodchat shrike

Bluethroat hiding

Bluethroat (hiding)

Yellow wagtail

Yellow wagtail

I never really thought of myself as a bird watcher but as a nature lover, I guess it all goes hand-in-hand. Hope you like the post :-)

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2 responses to “Málaga wetlands

  1. I love landscapes like this–they do not take your breath away with their beauty, certainly, but the diversity of life there is staggering. You just need to look closer. A wonderful place. I will add it to my list of places to visit. I didn’t know about the flamingos.

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