It's that time of year when Larnaca plays host to migrating flamingos who fly thousands of kilometres to winter in Cyprus. The flamingos, with their striking poses and magnificent pink colours, enchant every visitor and turn sunsets into almost fairytale visions.
The Cyprus News Agency uploaded a new (rather shakey) video yesterday to give a flavour of this spectacle which we have included below.
We thought we would compliment that with some stunning photos taken over the last few days by our contributing photographer Phil Parker - click the images below to enlarge.
Please note that these photos, as with all photos, were taken from a safe distance so as not to disturb the flamingos. The Larnaca Tourism Board recently issued a reminder calling for people not to enter the water or use any other method/device to create a disturbance. The tourism board fully understands that visitors want to see this unique wetland close up but they also call on people to respect the ecosystem and behave in a responsible manner. The Larnaca tourism board calls on all those who witness actions that disturb birds to immediately contact the game fund who are on patrol day and night on 99 542774 or 99 634325.
Besides its undoubted beauty, the Larnaca Salt Lake is the temporary home to 85 species of water-birds with estimated populations of between 20,000–38,000. It is one of the important migratory passages through Cyprus with 2,000–12,000 flamingoes spending the winter months there feeding off the brine shrimp. The salt lake, located west of Larnaca, is a Natura 2000 site, a Ramsar site, and a special protected area under the Barcelona convention. It is considered one of the most important wetlands in Cyprus, covering an area of 2.2 square kilometres.
Here's the video from the Cyprus News Agency:
Phil Parker describes himself as an amateur photographer and has been uploading photos to the Cyprus Eastern Forum for many years. He used a Nikon P900 camera with a zoom lens to take these shots and says "the pleasure I get from my photos is knowing that people are enjoying them". We certainly do love them and will be featuring various collections over the coming weeks.
Want to see more of his photos? Check out:
Phil's Flickr page
Our Facebook Page
Or view the following photo series:
Larnaca turning pink
Red Moon Over Cyprus
Summer Action In Cyprus
Cyprus Flamingos II