THE LAGOON IS TURNING… PINK!
Flamingos in flight over the Lagoon ©FB: MSNve
Who said that the flamingos are located only in Camargue or on the Po Delta? These friendly wading birds have been stopping off for a few days off the coast of Burano and they create picturesque atmospheres in the lagoon.
Flamingos are nothing new in these places: for over a decade, in fact, these birds have been settling in this area. Today there are more than 8,000 flamingos that winter in the lagoon, many of which decide to stop for the whole year.
What is really extraordinary is the fact that they have stopped off Burano and Torcello, and not in more hidden areas and islets. The flamingos are quite confident, they frequent “valli da pesca” (a sort of fish farms in the lagoon) and shallows, where they find shallow and muddy waters that they can filter with their particular beak. In total, around 300 species of birds live in the lagoon.
Flamingos in Torcello ©Maurizio Rossi
In recent years not only the flamingos, but other species of birds once rare have begun to nest in these places, surely a positive sign for the ecosystem.
Among the “new entries”: peregrine falcon, European roller, great spotted cuckoo, black swan, ruddy shelduck, ferruginous duck, cattle egret, Eurasian woodcock, Eurasian curlew, crag martin, sedge warbler, carrion crow, etc., for a total amount of over 450 thousand waterfowl throughout the lagoon.
Flamingos in Northern Lagoon ©Maurizio Rossi
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