Purple Heron Ardea purpurea
College Lake - 10th May 2008
Photos copyright Dave Bilcock
Latimer - 13th-20th November 2006
Above 3 Photos copyright Nic Hallam
The bird appears dark in the above photo due to very wet conditions.
Above 3 Photos copyright Dave Bilcock
Lower Photos copyright Dave Ferguson
This bird was found by an Steve Blake who was unable to identify it. He called Herts birder Joan Thompson and described it over the phone. Joan then asked local birder Lee Evans to check it out. Amazing it turned out to be the first county record of this species for over 35 years! The word was put out and a good numbers of local birders managed to see the bird before it flew off west early afternoon.
The bird was present again throughout the week, although it was very elusive at times. It gave many birders a chance to see this local rarity.
For details of Purple Heron sightings in the county click here. To see an excellent article by Lee Evans, that gives the full story of the finding of the Purple Heron plus more photos click here. (This is a PDF file of 412KBytes)