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Thousands of Pink Flamingoes Flock to the Albufera in Valencia in 2023

When we think of flamingoes, we are normally taken back to nature documentaries filmed in some exotic location in darkest Africa. But did you know that the Albufera Nature Reserve in Valencia provides a winter home for thousands of the pink, long-legged birds? In a 2012 census the number of winter flamingoes counted in the Albufera was 309. The recent 2017 census counted an amazing 4000-plus! –  more than ten times the amount in just five years. And by 2023 the number has again increased by thousands. According to , the reason for this increase can be put down to the abundance of food available. The paddy fields are in constant operation and provide everything a flamingo needs to be kept fed throughout the winter. This, coupled with a warm, sheltered environment, creates the ideal winter habitat for the birds. A flamboyance of pink flamingoes in the rice fields outside Valencia The largest concentration of the flamingoes are not on the lake itself but in the fl

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