Stunning images of Flamingos at the Salt Lakes, Larnaca mark the first in our weekly series of Cyprus images. Photos taken yesterday by contributing photographer Phil Parker - click the images below to enlarge.
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.
Phil Parker describes himself as an amateur photographer and has been uploading photos to the Cyprus Eastern Forum for many years. He used a Canon eos 650D camera 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.