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Flamingos in Mangrove Sanctuary of Tumbes  (Photos Jorge Mazzotti)

The Mangrove Sanctuary of Tumbes that is composed of extensive aquatic forests that create a one of a kind environment between the river and the sea is home to black hawks, egrets, and other birds. Located on the far northwest Peruvian coast, covering an area of 2,972 hectares, the Tumbes mangroves are the borderline for many species of flora and fauna associated with this kind of eco-system. The natural sanctuary protects the country's largest mangroves, and is a haven for the many varied animal species that feed off them. Particularly striking are the invertebrates, featuring an enormous variety of mollusks, including black scallops, 34 species of crustaceans, 33 types of snails and more than a hundred fish species. The sanctuary is also a key breeding ground for commercial marine species such as shrimp. Migratory and resident bird species, as well as the endangered black American alligator, a unique species, and the anteater, are just a few of the more interesting inhabitants of the area. (PromPeru). This pictures was taken in Puerto 25 area - Matapalo Island (Feb 08).


Chilean Flamingo

(Phoenicopterus chilensis)

Chilean Flamingo

(Phoenicopterus chilensis)

Chilean Flamingo

(Phoenicopterus chilensis)

Chilean Flamingo

(Phoenicopterus chilensis)

Chilean Flamingo

(Phoenicopterus chilensis)

Chilean Flamingo

(Phoenicopterus chilensis)

Chilean Flamingo

(Phoenicopterus chilensis)

Chilean Flamingo

(Phoenicopterus chilensis)

Chilean Flamingo

(Phoenicopterus chilensis)
 
 


Our gratitude to Hotel Costa del Sol Tumbes and Mr. Aldo Durand
that allowed us to obtain these photos