Striated Heron!

It was three weeks ago when some really exciting news suddenly came to upset the relatively small community of bird watchers in the country. It was the first sighting of Striated Heron (Butorides striata) for Greece! A juvenile bird was observed at the city of Chania in Crete. Initially it was thought that it may be just a juvenile Night Heron. However once it became clear what it was, birdwatchers from all over Greece began to arrive to the spot.

That is how I found myself on the boat to Chania hoping to get there in time to see the bird and hopefully get some nice photos. In these cases you never know if and when the species will reappear in our country. Fortunately the bird was at the same spot and was feeding calmly at the mouth of a small river in the city! Although many people were passing through that place, the bird didn’t seem to bother, at least not enough to make it leave that spot. That way I was able to spend enough time there and even take some photos. What you see here is just a small sample!

Don’t forget that by clicking on the pictures you can see them in a larger/sharper version with their Exif Data.

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