“Reddish-purple” Festival and a very special duck
Over the beginning of the summer months, Sebes lagoon has become a hive of activity. Young purple herons are leaving their nests to run around the lagoon trying to catch fish. But it’s the adults who have more luck, taking advantage of the shallow water at the lagoon, they reach areas which were too deep before and have a real feast on the fish they find there. Some of them are of a considerable size, but these birds have no problem gobbling them down. Photographers who have visited recently have been able to enjoy a real live fishing spectacle where little egrets, little bitterns, grey herons and some black-crowned night herons have also joined in with the fun.
This summer has also seen a visit from a very special bird, the ferruginous duck (Aythya nyroca) which is very rare in this country, and which was last year confirmed to be nesting at a nearby wetland (in Utxesa), the last time it was recorded at the Ebro delta was in 1962. Although everything seems to go unnoticed with so much activity from the herons and kingfishers at Sebes lagoon, the presence of this bird has been the biggest ornithological news of the month. It is possible that they are specimens from wetlands in Lleida which have scattered or are looking for new areas to colonize. The fact that they have stayed for several days shows that the lagoon habitat is favourable. We hope that a pair will settle here in the near future.