Volunteers flock to help with flamingos

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SPECTACULAR: Fuente de Piedra turns pink as adult flamingos fill the sky.

MORE than 450 volunteers from across Andalucia and Spain gathered in the Fuente de Piedra Nature Reserve on Saturday (August 8) to take part in a process to tag 600 baby flamingos.

Scientists, investigators, bird experts, conservationists and environmental volunteers joined up at the lagoon, one of the most important in the Mediterranean and North African area, both for the number of flamingos registered and the spectacular beauty the park acquires when tinted pink as adult flamingos fly.

Plastic rings are placed on the babies’ legs to enable them to be identified from a distance in future years, permitting studies on the migratory habits of the birds.

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Since the practice began in Fuente de Piedra in 1986, 17,173 birds have had plastic rings put on.

The number of mating couples registered, counted from photos taken this year from drones to avoid disturbing the birds, was estimated to be 15,000 and a total of 13,025 babies are believed to have been born at the lagoon.

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