Saturday, November 24, 2012

Noisy flamingoes on Larnaka Salt Lake!

Three weeks ago, I mentioned that there were a few early and adventurous flamingoes on the Salt Lake. Since then, there have been a few more, but too far away to photograph.

Today, however, before Sheila and I even reached the trail, we could hear the loud noise of flamingoes sounding a bit like noisy seagulls. I took fifteen seconds of video, slowly scanning from the far left to the far right of the area of the lake where the flamingoes were standing. They just look like pink blobs in this, but if you turn your sound up, it's surprisingly clear:

I did manage a few photographs, which show the pink birds a little more clearly, although you'll probably have to click the photo to make them out properly:

Just after I'd taken that, we saw a flock of them flying in: 

We wondered where they had been. Were these more flamingoes just arriving in Cyprus, coming to join their relatives for the winter?  Had they simply popped over from one of the other, smaller Salt Lakes to have breakfast?  Or had they gone out for some early morning exercise....?  

We walked the full 8km trail this morning, and near the other end was another good view of the flamingoes:

They should be here for another three months, at least. 

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