The Ambrakikos or Amvrakikos Gulf (Αμβρακικός Κόλπος) lies on the Ionian coast of Greece and extends inland for nearly 25 miles from the town of Preveza at its mouth to the small towns and harbours of Menidhion at its NE corner and Amfilokia at its SE corner. It also contains the popular yachting harbour of Vonitsa on its southern coast as well as numerous sheltered anchorages around its N and S coasts. At its widest, the gulf is little more than eight miles from N to S and in many places much less. The gulf is entered via the narrow channel leading up to Preveza (see Preveza page for details) and then via a dogleg leading N and E into the gulf proper.
Several rivers flow into the gulf on the N side, which is low and marshy, and consequently the water is less salty than the Ionian Sea itself and there is a steady current from the gulf past Preveza and out to sea. The area is also rich in bird and marine life (parts of it are a nature reserve) and dolphins and turtles are regularly encountered, especially towards the eastern part.
The area has an important place in history, being the site where Mark Antony and Cleopatra marshalled their naval galleys before the battle of Actium in 31 BC, when their combined forces were defeated by those of Octavian (later invested with the name Augustus as the first Roman Emperor). The Emperor Augustus subsequently founded a major city, Nikopolis, on the NW shores of the gulf, few traces of which remain.
The Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) is the most widespread species of the flamingo family. It is found in parts of Africa, southern Asia (coastal regions of Pakistan and India), and southern Europe (including Spain, Albania, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Portugal, Italy and the Camargue region of France). Some populations are short distance migrants, and sightings north of the breeding range are relatively frequent; however, given the species' popularity in captivity, whether or not these are truly wild individuals is a matter of some debate. A single bird was seen on North Keeling Island (Cocos (Keeling) Islands) in 1988
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Noel_Byrne (13642) 2013-10-15 5:12
A beautiful scene from Greece, and without your note I would have instantly thought of Africa, with the bold colors, rich deep water and of course the flamingos! I learn something new every day. A very fine composition too, breaking it into the striking vertical lines like this works perfectly.
All the best
Nicou (106187) 2013-10-15 6:35
quelle compo et iamge sueprbe vue quelle barre d'oiseaux blanc sueprbe avec des différents plans quelle compo et iamge fantastique vue.
Bravo et amitié
dkmurphys (42697) 2013-10-15 8:58
Splendid wildlife capture. I like your horizontal choice, perfect result.
Have a good evening.
Fis2 (77162) 2013-10-22 7:30
I like frame and colours.
Photo has climate.
Kamilutka (3738) 2013-10-23 12:26
we have the flamingos in Lefkada town at the moment and they are real beauties. I like the layered composition in your picture and the way they contrast with each other. Lovely light and very pretty colors. The whole scene makes me want to try to capture these amazing birds in my lense too.