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Squacco Heron - Topphegre - Ardeola Ralloides
Rallhäger - Tophejre - Rääkkähaikara - Ralreiger - Rallenreiher - Crabier chevelu - Garcilla Cangrejera

Having cycled out to Lake Kournas before dawn the first birds I saw were these two Squacco Herons. They fed out in the open and gave excellent views as they caught small fish and what looked like some kind of prawn. Initially I had to use very high ISO settings to take pictures, gradually decreasing as the sun came up and more light became available.

This was a test of patience and endurance as I was hidden behind some shrubs, kneeling in the path of some ants with a cloud of mosquitos over me and, after a while, cramp in my right leg. Pretty much worth the effort though....

Squacco Heron
Lake Kournas, Crete, June 2010

Squacco Heron
 Lake Kournas, Crete, June 2010

Squacco Heron

Squacco Heron

Squacco Heron, Russian Black Sea, April 2012
Above and below: Squacco Herons, Arkhipo Osipovka, Russian Black Sea, April 2012
Pictures were taken from a small boat as we returned to shore one evening.

Squacco Herons, Russian Black Sea, April 2012

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