Western Reef Heron
Egretta gularis

 

First reported from Buffel's Bay in the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve on 13 April 2002. This bird normally occurs on the west coast of Africa as far south as Gabon. This consitutes the first record of this species for Southern Africa. The bird disappeared for a few weeks and was rediscovered at Olifantsbos in the same reserve on 25 May 2002.

 

Photographed by Dave Deighton.