3 June 2021
Lake Van hosts thousands of flamingos that come from Iran’s Lake Urmia and stay for about 5 months every year. This year, thousands of flamingos coming to the shores of Lake Van in the Çelebibağ and Kasımbağı neighborhoods of Erciş district attract great attention from photographers.
The Van Lake Basin, which hosts hundreds of bird species, is one of the most important accommodation places for flamingos. Flamingos migrated from Iran’s Urmia Lake and stayed in the Van Lake Basin for a while and raised their young there, migrating to African countries towards the end of November.
Thousands of flamingos, which are mostly seen on the shores of Lake Van in the Çelebibağ and Kasımbağı neighborhoods, which are 15 kilometers away from the Erciş district, are photographed by bird and nature photographers from the surrounding provinces and districts.
Ferzende Coşar, who has been doing nature photography in the district for 25 years, said that she came here to photograph the visual feast of the flamingos that migrate to the Van Lake Basin every year.
Stating that it is also very useful for the promotion of the region, Coşar said, “They migrate from Africa to Urmia and from there to Erciş during these months. We also come and photograph this beauty here. I share this visual feast we took on my own social media accounts, this way the promotion will be even better. “I have been photographing flamingos for 25 years and I have never seen so many flamingos together. Officially, thousands of flamingos present a visual feast,” he said.