Flamingos and donkeys….

Another sunny Sunday saw us loading a picnic lunch into the car and heading out for the day. This time we traveled up to Antequera – a 120 mile round trip in search of flamingo’s.

‘Laguna Fuenta La Piedra’ is the largest natural lake in the Iberian Peninsula at 2.5km wide and 6.5km long and is well known for its flamingo population, the second largest colony of these birds in Europe after the French Camargue region and the only inland site on the continent where they breed. In spring flamingos flock here in their thousands to reproduce, attracted by the water’s high salt content and the fact that it is shallow.

There weren’t thousands of flamingo’s when we got here so we were not sure whether we had missed them or that we were too early and by the time we headed back to the information centre to ask they were closed for lunch – of course!!

Anyway, we did see some and managed to get some photo’s although the digital ones aren’t so great as the zoom lens couldn’t really cope. We took our old Canon camera with us too and so should have some great piccies on there but will have to wait to get the film developed to see them – how old fashioned!!

Once done at the Lake we headed back into town in search of ‘El Refugio del Burrito’ – the Donkey Sanctuary. We had picked the leaflet up in the visitors centre and the promise of 70 rescued donkeys to coo over was too much to resist. I have a real love for donkeys and these guys get a seriously rough deal here in Spain with many neglected and abused and then abandoned when they serve no more purpose.

El Refugio del Burrito is part of The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth, UK and is a lovely place for these donkeys to live out their lives in peace and calm away from any danger or misuse.

We spent ages wandering around scrunging ears that were poked through the railings for attention. Some of the donkeys were more than happy to be fussed whilst others hung back at first weighing us up before giving in and coming to say hello. Even hubby who normally only likes to pet our two cats couldn’t resist a silky ear or two and a look into a doleful eye.

I had to tear myself away in the end or I would probably still be there, sleeping in a stable with a few of my new friends 🙂 Have a look at our photo’s.

Laguna Fuenta La Piedra

Open plains with mountains in the background provide perfect photo opportunities.

A few of the flamingo’s

More flamingo’s – digital camera couldn’t really cope with the zoom lens

Ahhh…..Donkeys 🙂

Me and my new friend….

This little guy was so cute….

Just hanging around…

Vying for attention…..:)

El Refugio del Burrito is run soley through donations and so we left some money in one of the many donation boxes dotted around the site. We then headed back to the car for a reviving cuppa before setting off back home for tea with a warm and fuzzy feeling that there are places like this out there that help animals who through no fault of their own fall foul of man’s often cruel and abusive hand.