A small group of rare white-headed ducks (Oxyura leucocephala) has been spotted at Oroklini Lake in Larnaca.
According to BirdLife Cyprus, the three ducks were first seen on Monday and may depart from the island at any time. It is the first time this type of duck has been seen at Oroklini Lake.
The white-headed duck, BirdLife Cyprus noted, was listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
The species, which can know be found in very few areas around the world, has been known to spend the winter in Cyprus but that this was the first recorded sighting at Oroklini Lake.
“Rare sightings like these are a reminder of the important of maintaining, protecting and managing the areas that belong to the Natura 2000 network,” BirdLife said.
It added Oroklini Lake had benefited from conservation efforts funded by the EU’s LIFE programme between 2012 and 2014.
“For someone to enjoy these rare ducks, they should be fitted out with a telescope and or binoculars and use the bird observatory box at the lake. We would like to remind people that it is forbidden to enter the fenced off section as the area is described as environmentally sensitive,” BirdLife said.