Black Heron (Black Egret) Egretta ardesiaca

This species normally lives in tropical Africa but remarkably one appeared in Greece in June 2012. There are 2-3 other records from elsewhere in the Western Palaearctic so, although unexpected, perhaps this extraordinary record won't be the last in Europe. The 'umbrella' posture shown in one of the images below is characteristic of this species when feeding.

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Black Herons, Lake Chilwa (Malawi), 26th September 2008

 

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Black Heron, Liwonde (Malawi), 23rd September 2008

 

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Black Heron, Liwonde (Malawi), 27th May 2011