Down in Birdland / Abajo en Tierra de Aves

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WE WERE UP, not down, in Birdland Wednesday. An hour north of us is the town of Fuente de Piedra (which means Stone Fountain). The lake at Fuente de Piedra is one of the best places around to view flamingos. They migrate from Northern Africa and all around the Mediterranean to breed here, the second largest flamingo colony in Europe (first is in France). It was a beautiful day on the lake, which at 2.5 km (1.55 miles) wide and 6.5 km (4 miles) long is the largest natural lake on the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal). This was our third visit since we moved to Fuengirola in 2013.

There was one large group of school children, but the rugrats — I mean the adorable little imps — although loud, weren’t half as loud and inconsiderate as their teacher. Anyway, we had a great time and saw lots of other beautiful birds in addition to the flamingos.

Click the images for the phenomenal flamboyance.


ESTUVIMOS ARRIBA, NO abajo, en Birdland (Tierra de Aves) el miércoles. Una hora al norte de nosotros está el pueblo de Fuente de Piedra. La Laguna de Fuente de Piedra es uno de los mejores lugares para ver los flamencos. Emigran del norte de África y de todo el Mediterráneo para reproducirse aquí, la segunda colonia de flamencos más grande de Europa (la primera es en Francia). Fue un hermoso día en el lago, que con 2,5 km de ancho y 6,5 km es el lago natural más grande de la Península Ibérica (España y Portugal). Esta fue nuestra tercera visita desde que nos mudamos a Fuengirola en 2013.

Había un gran grupo de niños en edad escolar, pero los mocosos (me refiero a los niños adorables), aunque ruidosos, no eran tan ruidosos ni desconsiderados como su profesora. De todos modos, lo pasamos muy bien y vimos muchas otras aves hermosas además de los flamencos.

Haz clic en las imágenes para la extravagancia extrema.

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

24 thoughts on “Down in Birdland / Abajo en Tierra de Aves”

  1. What fantastic fun! Great pictures. There are roseate spoonbills in the Merritt Island National Wildlife refuge near where my parents lived in Florida, I enjoyed a slow drive around the lagoon to photograph the birds.

  2. Of course , you know, I didnt like any of this post!!!!!!

    You may have featured the first photo I have ever seen of a flamingo swimming!!!! I thought they only waded. Who know? I adore flamingos.

    1. Mistress Maddie,
      They are so beautiful. You would love this place. Just learned today they have a volunteer day every year when vets come in to check on the birds and you even get to hold the babies! I’m going to find out when that is.

  3. What interesting creatures these (and their rusty counterparts) are!!
    You were definitely inland a bit I see…..great landscape.
    Wonderful photos ‘Flamingo guy’!!

  4. Wonderful photos! Love the big fluffy clouds. Love those flamingo’s, certainly better than the ones in my yard right now. Youth fundraiser to “flock your friends.” You have to ‘pay’ to have the flock of about 25 to be removed from your yard and put in a friends yard.

    1. Susan,
      Flock your Friends sounds brilliant. I wNt to do that!!! We went Wednesday because we heard that the weather was about to change. Chillier and rainy now and expected to last a week. .

  5. For the longest time, as god is my witness, I didn’t know flamingos could fly. They’re the first thing you see when walking into the San Diego Zoo. They weren’t in cages but they never went anywhere. Ah, sweet mystery of life 🙂 I saw the title of this post and thought, oh boy more Manhattan Transfer! Yay, I was right!

    1. By the way, you posted yesterday’s blog too early. Today, April 4, is World Rat Day! Throwing a little chewed up newspaper as confetti 🙂

    2. Deedeles,
      I have to admit I thought the same thing for years. And I always loved seeing them when I entered the San Diego Zoo. Oh, how we love that place. We even lived within 10 minutes walk for more than 5 years.

    1. Hey, Carebear, I thought of this song too! I don’t remember this version, though. I think the version I heard, waaaaay back in the day was by The Drifters. It was slower, and I sang it over the tape my uncle sent us from where ever the army had him. I was young. I was stupid. I shredded the evidence. I escaped death 🙂

  6. Loving the flamingos, both real and sculptural.
    On a similar note, Carlos and I are headed to a place called Swan Lake in South Carolina, where they have a wild assortment of all kinds of swans. Not as colorful as a flamingo, but the gardens are supposed to be gorgeous!

  7. Wonderful fence and of course the Flamingos !
    Somewhere this week I saw a photo of Flamingos most standing on one leg and in their mist was a Duck standing on one leg just like them !

    cheers, parsnip

  8. Flamingos! How exotic! My first thought when I saw the picture at the top was that you had visited the zoo! 🙂

    I’m glad the rug rats didn’t get on your nerves too badly!

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