Monday, February 27, 2012
More action in the Aiguamolls
From the first blind we looked right down on flamingoes feeding in the pond. One was particularly funny as it continuously shuffled its legs in place as it was feeding. There are definitely more flamingoes than last time we visited. They have been joined by even more moorhens, coots, cormorants and a variety of ducks as well as a number of great blue heron.
We stopped to watch the large number of white storks in their huge nests made of twigs in trees and on the man-made platforms. The nests are chosen early in the season by the males. There were probably at least fifty storks with many nests and one or two birds in each nest. Quite often the birds would preen each other as the storks are prey to mites. Then the silence would be broken by the machine gun rattling of a stork's beak. It was fascinating to watch as it stretched its neck so far back that its head touched its back and the beak would make the rat-tat-tat noise. The pairs are monogamous during the breeding season and we did see some mating. So far no young have been hatched but we will come back in a few weeks to see the fledglings.