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A ardeids colony is installed for the first time in the salt flats of San Pedro del Pinatar

Yesterday and after the reactivation of non-essential activities, the LIFE Salinas Project team was able to carry out biological monitoring in the Regional Park again. Thus, he was able to verify that for the first time in the salt flats of San Pedro del Pinatar, a colony of ardeids (herons) consisting of some 120 pairs of cattle egret (Bubulcus ibis), 7 pairs of common egret (Egretta garzetta) and 3 of black crowned night heron (Nycticorax nycticorax).

The ardeid colonies are very mobile, mainly guided by the search for abundant vegetation where to rest and close to places where they can feed. The cattle egret feeds on insects in agricultural areas, so it probably goes to the Cartagena countryside to find its food. The diet of the common egret is based on small fish, amphibians and insects, so it will go to the salt flats of San Pedro del Pinatar, like the black crowned night heron, closely linked to wetland areas.

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