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Salt and shorebirds, Salinas de San Pedro, Spain

Waders at Salinas de San Pedro

Waders at Salinas de San Pedro

More than a half of the species of shorebirds (called because they forage in the mud) , make a long migratory flights of thousands of kilometers each year. To do this they have an efficient inbuilt “GPS” allowing them to return to their wintering or breeding area. During the journey it is usual make stops at “rest areas” such as wetland regional park Salinas de San Pedro, where they feed before continuing their long journey.

During July and August began the migratory flyway journey, which have been started in central and northern Europe and will end at southern Spain and Africa, where they will spend the winter.  You can enjoy the presence of birds on the shores of the salt ponds, in the natural beaches with bundles of Posidonia or in the small marsh La Encañizada.

Salt Mountain start to grow!

Salt mountain

Salt mountain

Every year in late summer if you take a look over the mountains of salt (the harvest last year) we no longer see those white-as-snow conical shapes, but the sand, rain and airborne dust have changed their color to a kind of gray. And it is because they have been in the open air all year!  They have been declining a little, through salt processing and packaging.

But now these perfect white mountains begin to form again, a sign that the harvest will be good, because this year it just rained, and this ensures a good amount of salt.  The cycle is repeated every autumn, drawing on the horizon profiles of these ephemeral mountains.

Contact : Teresa López Aledo, Dirección General de Medio Ambiente -Consejería de Presidencia de la Región de Murcia

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