Western Reef Heron (Western Reef Egret) Egretta gularis

A very rare visitor to southern Europe. When this species does occur in Europe it can find its way into Little Egret colonies and hybridise with that species - I'm not sure the relative status of pure and hybrid Reef Herons in Europe but I've seen more photos of hybrids (especially in Spain and Portugal) than pure birds.

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Western Reef Herons, Hilf Harbour (Masirah, Oman), 7th November 2017

 

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Western Reef Heron, Hilf outfall (Masirah, Oman), 7th November 2017

 

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Western Reef Heron, Mirbat (Dhofar, Oman), 10th November 2017

 

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Western Reef Heron, Mirbat Harbour (Dhofar, Oman), 10th November 2017

 

Western Reef Heron, Marina Bandar al Roudha (Muscat, Oman), 4th November 2017

 

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Western Reef Heron, outlet near Muscat Airport (Muscat, Oman), 18th November 2017

 

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Western Reef Heron, Sur Masirah (Masirah, Oman), 6th November 2017

 

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Western Reef Heron, from boat out of Marina Bandar al Roudha (Muscat, Oman), 4th November 2017

 

Western Reef Heron, Qurayyat (Muscat, Oman), 3rd November 2017

 

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Western Reef Heron, Raysut Lagoons (Dhofar, Oman), 12th November 2017