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Routes & Birdwatching Sites

Birding Málaga

Routes & Birdwatching Sites

Laguna de Fuente de Piedra Nature Reserve

But it is not only Greater Flamingos that we can find here in March. This is a list of some other appealing birds that we can watch in the reserve: Shelduck, Red-crested Pochard, White-headed Duck, Black-necked Grebe, White Stork, Greater Flamingo, Lesser Flamingo, Black Kite, Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier, Montagu’s Harrier, Black-winged Kite, Lesser Kestrel, Purple Swamphen, Crane, Little Bustard, Avocet, Black-winged Stilt, Stone Curlew, Kentish Plover, Black-tailed Godwit, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Little Owl, Hoopoe, Wryneck, Crested Lark, Short-toed Lark, Calandra Lark, Red Rumped-swallow, various races of Yellow Wagtail, Bluethroat, Zitting Cisticola, Cetti’s Warbler, Iberian Grey Shrike, Spotless Starling, Spanish Sparrow, Serin and Corn Bunting.


The Laguna (lake) de Fuente de Piedra is an endorheic ellipse shaped salty lake of around 6 km. long by 3 km. wide that extends to the southwest of the village of Fuente de Piedra, north of Malaga province. Despite the wide extension of this lake, it is actually a shallow with a very high level of evaporation that usually dries it up during the summer months.

The Fuente de Piedra Lake is a nature reserve in the Andalusian Network of Protected Natural Sites, RAMSAR Wetland, as well as Birds Directive Special Protection Area and Special Area of Conservation of Natura 2000 network (ES0000033). It hosts the biggest breeding colony of Greater Flamingos in the Iberian Peninsula, and thousands of these stunning birds will come back here in March from other regions of Spain and the north of Africa.