Hundreds of people – mostly families with children – visited Ghadira Nature Reserve on Wednesday morning to see the Greater Flamingos which have made it their home for the past days.
BirdLife Malta organised this special opening of the reserve, which is normally closed at this time of year for the summer break.
The visitors’ centre and the birdwatching hide were packed, with people taking photographs and looking for the best spot from where to admire the flamingos using binoculars provided by the reserve’s staff.
This is the first time that one of BirdLife Malta’s reserves has welcomed so many Greater Flamingos at the same time.
The eight juvenile flamingos, which only hatched earlier this year and settled at the reserve on Saturday evening, could be easily distinguished from the other two because they are all grey
The other two, since they are older, display clear shades of pink and resemble more the typical flamingo as we know them.
One of these has been at the Mellieha reserve for nearly a year, whilst the other was released at Ghadira just a few weeks ago after being rescued at the Freeport where it became stranded during its migration. Both these were rehabilitated and ringed before being released.
BirdLife Malta has said that it has decided to open the reserve to the public again this Saturday to give everyone the opportunity to enjoy this rare spectacle, opening times are between 7am and 10am. Entrance is free of charge, however donations are always welcome No booking is required.
Photograph by BirdLife Malta