Despite habitat loss Coots breed in Lugar de Baixo for the 2nd year!

Once again Nature was stronger and overcame the loss of habitat in Lugar de Baixo pond in Ponta do Sol, Madeira. Today we could observe 4 chicks of Coot Fulica atra being fed by 2 adults!

Since the government "cleaned" not only the mud from February's flood but also almost all reeds in Lugar de Baixo pond, making plans to build 2 birdwatching hides and and a path around the pond, there were only 2 Coots remaining there. Remember that last year was the first record of breeding of Coots for Madeira Island. Fortunately today, 1st of June 2010, Children's Day, we were surprised by 4 chicks of this pair of Coots... Let's hope that all these chicks survive and that their habitat can regenerate quickly.

Happy Children's day!

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