Flamingos with Flair!
A Larnaka region winter is never complete without a visit from our pink-feathered flamingo friends, and true to form they are back and in a ‘festive’ spirit!
Larnaka region’s wetlands come alive with the first rainfalls with congregations of migrating birds filling the Larnaka Salt Lake network and Voroklini Lake, including the distinctive and beloved Greater Flamingo.
As of November, 1180 flamingos were counted at Larnaka Salt Lake with numbers expected to reach 10,000 as winter progresses, whilst various waders like Avocet and ducks like Common and Ruddy Shelduck also make an appearance on the fringes of the lake.
Voroklini Lake also welcomes numbers of flamingos as well as Northern Shoveler, Common Teal and Northern Pintail. Birdwatchers can view the different species at the main bird hide which features informative boards introducing the different birds you might spot there.
And whilst all this is fairly usual for this time of year, what is different this season is the behaviour of the birds, hence the more ‘festive’ spirit witnessed! Due to a mild winter so far, the unusually warm days may have tricked some birds into thinking that it’s springtime. This has resulted in unusual mating practises and the appearance of out-of-season birds!
What will you spot at the lakes this year? We hope that you will enjoy discovering our winter visitors, but as always, we urge the public to show respect towards the birds; not to invade their environment or to try to get too close, and to always enter and leave the areas without causing any environmental harm or disrupting the birds in their natural habitat.
Image: George Morphakis