Monday, April 5, 2010

3500 pairs of Glossy Ibis at their nests

Coto Doñana Natural Park (Andalusia, Spain) yesterday - the colony of Glossy Ibis in the Northern Marsh is growing from year to year since the birds started nesting there in 1996 and has now reached incredible 3500 nests. On our way, we saw about 500 Gull-billed Terns feeding over an area of the Marsh, about 200-300 Whiskered Terns over the lagoon of El Rocio alone and well 50 Collared Pratincoles together in another area. Black-crowned Night-Herons, Purple- and Squacco Herons at their nests, Short-toed- and Booted Eagles, many Black Kites, Marsh- and Montagu's Harriers, more than 20 Griffon Vultures... lots of Short-toed Larks and Lesser Short-toed Larks on the (bad) track... flocks of Calandra Larks (one of about 200) in the fields, Sedge and Great Reed Warblers singing, and many, many more.

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