Pink Flamingos Emblems of the Camargue Landscape

For some years now, in the heart of the Étang de Fangassier lagoon in Salin-de-Giraud, near Arles, pink flamingos have taken up residence and found an equilibrium there. Their breeding site, the only one in France, is protected but nevertheless is under threat. Everything possible is being done so that this wading bird stays in the Camargue.
By Angélique Jurquet

As much as the horse, to which Arles locals are completely devoted, the pink flamingo is emblematic of the magnificent landscapes of the Camargue. This wading bird, that owes its pretty color to the little crustaceans that it eats, has established itself in Salin-de-Giraud since the 1970s, in the heart of the Fangassier lagoon, which is its main breeding ground in France, and even in all Europe. A country and a continent in which it is protected by a decree dating from 1981, and by the “Directive Oiseaux” or the Bird Guidelines aimed at the conservation of wild birds in Europe.

But despite all these precautions, the pink flamingo remains an endangered species. Indeed, the ecosystem of the Fangassier lagoon, until now fed by the Salins du Midi salt pans, has been altered these last years notably due to the use of pesticides in the adjacent rice fields. In order for this bird to stay, a number of alternative projects are under investigation, because the Camargue wouldn’t really be the same without this wild migratory bird…

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Pink Flamingos Emblems of the Camargue Landscape
Pink Flamingos Emblems of the Camargue Landscape
This wading bird has established itself in Salin-de-Giraud since the 1970s.
Photography José Nicolas
Pink Flamingos Emblems of the Camargue Landscape
Pink Flamingos Emblems of the Camargue Landscape
Wild migratory bird.
Photography José Nicolas
Pink Flamingos Emblems of the Camargue Landscape
Pink Flamingos Emblems of the Camargue Landscape
Pink Flamingo owes its pretty color from the little crustaceans that it eats.
Photography José Nicolas

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