Flamingos in the Rianzuela lagoon (south of Seville, Spain)
by Antonio Jordán, University of Seville, Sevilla, Spain
The Rianzuela Lagoon is formed by the Majalberraque stream and is a wetland of high ecological value, in the surroundings of the Doñana Natural Park. Currently, the volume of water is regulated for flood control. The lagoon is the refuge of a population of aquatic birds whose composition varies according to the day time, the season and the water volume or weather conditions.
A diversity of bird species live here: flamingos, black terns, spoon bills, red-crested pochards, white-headed ducks, mallards, red-knobbed coots, dabnicks, common moorhens, great crested grebes and black-tailed godwits.
There is also the main white stork breeding colony of Europe, a colony of raptors (red kites and booted eagles) and an important refuge point for the Iberian lynx.
Antonio Jordán (distributed via imaggeo.egu.eu)