Thursday, May 24, 2012
Lots going on in the Aiguamolls
After a two week absence today we returned to the Aiguamolls nature reserve. Even our drive through the countryside seemed much different with the grasses much taller, crops much higher and everything looking incredibly lush after all the rain.
At the first blind it was quiet except for a turtle swimming, it's head bobbing up and down on the surface of the water. Then we spotted an old log with what can only be called an orgy of turtles piled on top of each other with a few taking real advantage of the situation. A moorhen was followed by five of her chicks, all with funny red heads just like regular hens, bobbing around her. There were a few shelducks and many mallards, some enjoying the comfort of the very long grass.
The cows had moved into the next field with their friends the white cattle egrets. Close by we spotted some great white and little egrets and their cousins the great blue heron. The vegetation was much more lush than on our previous visits. Some of the grasses were at least seven or more metres tall. Along with the brambles, bushes and flowers there were even fig trees with figs lining the path. The denseness of the vegetation made it very difficult to see any of the song birds; although we spotted a few nightingales making music with their trills, whistling and gurgling sounds.
We plan to return to the Aiguamolls before too long to check on the progress of the storks. Some should be flying soon. And we think that there may still be more colts to join the herd of Camarague ponies.