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Western Reef Heron

Egretta gularis


Medium sized heron, found in two different morphs - this one is all dark grey, with white patch on throat.


Here, observed in mixed flocks of egrets and herons on a nesting ground and during nesting season (nests and eggs seen in pic 4 and 5). Nesting ground is a marsh (pic 6) in a Port Harcourt, one of the bigger towns in Nigeria.


Mixed flocks of egrets and herons, Cattle egret and Night heron the most numerous, followed by Striated and Western Reef herons; and some other birds (Whistling ducks, Reed Cormorant, moorhens...)

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Rivers, Nigeria

Lat: 4.82, Long: 7.06

Spotted on Oct 20, 2018
Submitted on Oct 23, 2018

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