Thursday, 20 May 2010

Squacco Heron, Asprokremnos and Fassouri, Cyprus

May 8 & 9, 2010:
Squacco Herons are quite common passage migrants in Cyprus often remaining for several weeks at pools and wetlands on the south coast of the island.

Sometimes they are accompanied by other species of heron as well as by Cattle and Little egrets. (Photographed below with a Black-crested Night Heron at Asprokremnos).

Their delicate pale pink-buff plumage with darker stripes made them difficult to see in the drying-out reed beds at Asprokremnos but at those at Fassouri which were much wetter (bottom) or when perched in trees, they were far more obvious.

Several birds were seen at both at Fassouri and at Asprokremnos.

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