Flamingo watching Fuente de Piedra
The Fuente de Piedra natural reserve covers over 1300 ha and is the second biggest inland lagoon in Spain. It is home to over dozen species of bird, but the incontrovertible queen of them all is the pink or common flamingo. The birds, on Senrra Island, are in the middle of the lagoon, which measures 18 kilometres in perimeter. Flamingoes from all along the Mediterranean en the North African coast make for this spot to breed. Almost every year, provided there is sufficient water in the lagoon, the island, empty in winter, changes colour, as if by magic. The earth-brown shades turn to pink in spring, when the adult flamingoes fly in, and then become dark grey when the little chicks hatch Like many other of Spain’s inland lagoons, the lake is fed by a number of small streams and is endorheic (no outlet). This means much of it evaporates in the summer, although in some years water is pumped in for the birds. The remains of old saltworks can be seen in the form of linear islands on which thousands of flamingos nest. Best visited March to May. The Fuente is about 55km form here.