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Western Reef Heron at Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, May 2004

Photos by Miguel Avelino


From 3-7.5.2004 a dark phase Western Reef Heron Egretta gularis gularis was seen at charca de Maspalomas, a pond at Maspalomas area, San Bartolomé de Tirajana, Gran Canaria island (Miguel Avelino Suares Farias, José García Monzón, Eugenio Santana).

This bird is particularly similar to one seen at Delta de l'Ebre, Catalunya in august 2002

The photos show clearly the main structural features of the species, particularly bare parts structure and shape and presence of ornamental feathering.

The record has been submitted via snail mail to the Spanish Rarities Committee


All photos by © Miguel Avelino obtained through Kenko 20x50 telescope and Nikon Coolpix 4500.

Photos showing a dark phase Western Reef Heron (Egretta gularis gularis) as seen at charca de Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands on may 2004 (© Miguel Avelino)
Fotos mostrando una fase oscura de garceta dimorfa (Egretta gularis gularis) como fue vista en la charca de Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, Islas Canarias en mayo de 2004 (© Miguel Avelino)
Fotos que mostren un Martinet dels Esculls fase fosca (Egretta gularis gularis) com va ser vista a la bassa de Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, Illes Canàries el maig de 2004 (© Miguel Avelino)

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Western Reef Heron at Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, May 2004


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