Birdwatch: the purple heron – a rare visitor – kept itself well hidden

The bird was one of five heron species that day, including the normally shy bittern

Looking like a snake with wings, the purple heron (Ardea purpurea) was surprisingly well hidden, perched in the dense foliage near the top of a tree. I was watching this scarce visitor to southern Britain from the hide at Noah’s Lake, on the Avalon Marshes, Somerset.

For me, this serpentine bird was a very welcome sight, as it was only the second I had ever seen in the UK, and the first in Somerset – having been on a fruitless wild goose chase after one a decade ago.

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Source: theguardian
Birdwatch: the purple heron – a rare visitor – kept itself well hidden