Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides)
Squacco Heron, Spain, May 2000 - click for larger image Coto Doñana, Spain
May 2000

These birds are in their summer plumage when they show blue rather than yellow on their bills.

Squacco Herons look generally brown at rest but transform into almost white-looking birds when in flight.

Squacco Heron, Spain, May 2000 - click for larger image They are migratory, spending the Northern winter in sub-Saharan Africa, arriving in Europe in April/May returning to Africa from August to November

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