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Squacco Heron

Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides), Danube Delta, Romania, 2021. Body: Sony ILCE-7RM4, lens: Canon 600mm f/4 IS USM.

Squacco Heron is uncommon to locally fairly common summer migrant to southern Europe from winter grounds in Africa and Iberia. Favors fresh marshes, lakes, and ponds with reeds and other surrounding vegetation. Tends to hunt rather sluggishly, hunched quietly at edge of water. Habitats frequented include swampy plains, river valleys, deltas, lakes, ponds, canals and ditches. Its diet consists predominantly of larval insects although fish and amphibians. The overall population trend is unclear, some populations are thought to be stable and others may be increasing or decreasing. The European population trend is estimated to be stable. The greatest threat to this species is the loss and deterioration of natural and man-made freshwater habitats.

 

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Uploaded on August 9, 2021