As soon as I discovered Villasimius had its own flock of non-migratory flamingos, I knew we had to track them down! The problem is these creatures are quite shy and don’t want human contact. That’s a problem when you want to take photographs of them and although our boy devised a cunning way of spotting them we were still too far away to get decent photos.
Stagno di Notteri
The Stagno di Notteri (Lake) is an ornithology wetland and covers a vast area of about 34 hectares. Not only is the ‘pond’ a striking natural beauty but its also a protected park! This means no getting in the water with the birds.Bah humbug!
The lake receives no water from either the sea or streams and consequently can dry up in the summer months. Owing to its isolation from water sources and closeness to the sea, I am informed that the pond water tends to be very salty. Although it cannot be too salty because there are large numbers of fish living in it.
Once upon a time the peninsula where the Porto Guinco tower sits used to be an island but geologists believe that sand bars drifted in causing it to become part of the mainland and in the process creating the lake of Notteri.
There is a boardwalk which leads onto Notteri beach (Spiaggia di Notteri) and then keeping left we were able to walk around the peripheries of the lake.
The water is crystal clear and so appealing. It is tantalising not being able to just wade in, especially as those pesky flamingos stay right in the middle and that lake is BIG!
As we were walking along the banks of the pond, being careful not to distrun anything, we disturbed huge shoals of tiny fish that were basking in the sun. They moved so fast and collectively that we weren’t able to actually see or identify them. As we walked past though the noise their movement made was loud enough to make us jump (the first time).
Examining the water
We couldn’t walk all of the way around the pond without stepping in the water so instead we hung close to the banks and examined the pond life.
Those pesky flamingos
I couldn’t get close enough to the flamingos to get a decent shot! I underestimated the size of the lake and thought we could get closer. Boo Hoo!