For the first time, in Portugal, a colony of flamingos has nested in the Castro Marim & Vila Real de Santo Antonio Nature Reserve. About 3000 flamingos remained in a salt pan at Cerro do Bufo, where they built about 800 nests with eggs, which, when they hatch, gave rise to about 550 offspring.
The species usually migrates from Portugal in the summer, but the drought and pandemic may help explain the unprecedented nesting in the national territory.
This nesting and its positive result may be confirmed next year and become a recurrent situation, which would represent an important adaptation of the species to different conditions than it has always had in the usual places, thus enabling the diversification of the nesting places and maintenance of the species population in the geographical area of the Mediterranean.
In the Sado and Tejo Estuary Nature Reserve, around fifty nests were built simultaneously in each of them. However, either due to the change in physical conditions that occurred in the places or because there were a very small number of couples, the nesting was not completed. In these last two cases, the nests were abandoned.
The construction of nests has been known since the late 1990s in the main protected areas in wetlands, namely the Tejo and Sado Estuary Nature Reserve and Castro Marim and Vila Real de Santo António Nature Reserve, and, still, in other places. However, the construction of the nests does not constitute, in itself, confirmation of nesting, since juveniles born in those places were never observed.
Diverse people and entities also contributed to the results obtained. ICNF is especially grateful for all “the collaboration provided by the company Compasal and other various entities in terms of its availability to maintain all environmental and safety conditions, thus enabling the successful nesting”.
They also thank the photographer Agostinho Gomes for the photographic report with which he followed the entire process and for all the care and sensitivity with which he did it, having made it available to ICNF and the public.
Thanks are also extended to the Nature Watchers of the Algarve’s Regional Directorate of Nature and Forests Conservation, in particular those of the Castro Marim Nature Reserve and Vila Real de Santo António, for all their efforts to maintain safety and tranquillity on site, which has allowed the nesting and development process to be maintained, without disturbances that could compromise it.
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