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The Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea) is a wading bird in the heron family Ardeidae, breeding in Africa, central and southern Europe, and southern and eastern Asia. The European populations are migratory, wintering in tropical Africa; the more northerly Asian populations also migrate further south within Asia. It is a rare but regular wanderer north of its breeding range. (Wikipedia)
This heron was hunting in the grasses on the edge of a river.
This was my first spotting of a Purple Heron, so I was glad to get a nice shot of it.
Spotted on Jul 26, 2012
Submitted on Aug 20, 2012
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