Spotting thousands of pink flamingos on a trip to France is not something you might expect to see.

But that’s exactly what you’ll find in the Camargue region, alongside the horses and bulls.

The Camargue is a large triangular delta in the south of France, between the two arms of the river Rhône and the Mediterranean Sea.

Comprised of brine lagoons, marshes and salt flats, it is an internationally important site for wetlands and biological diversity.

It is also one of the few European habitats where greater flamingos (Phoenicopterus roseus) nest.

Paolo Meroni took this sublime shot of backlit flamingos as they streamed past him in February.

“The flamingos of the Camargue give life to a fabulous show during the last hours of the day when they take off from the hinterland to the sea.

“When I saw the flamingos I closed the aperture because the light was very hard and dazzling and then while I was taking the photo another one appeared very close in front of me,” he told BBC Earth.

See Paolo’s image on Flickr.

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