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Monday, 17 April 2017

Squacco Heron, the first in Kerry for over 120 years

This first-summer Squacco Heron was found by Britta Wilkens while out strolling near Ventry Beach this morning. Fortunately, it returned to the open area of flooded grassland near Paudi O'Sé's pub after flying over to the large reed bed at Ventry. It was happily feeding in the open, wetter areas, occasionally flying short distances to other small grassy pools, and offering excellent views.

First summer Squacco Heron, Ventry, 17th April 2017 (M.O'Clery).

First summer Squacco Heron, Ventry, 17th April 2017 (M.O'Clery).

First summer Squacco Heron, Ventry, 17th April 2017 (M.O'Clery).

First summer Squacco Heron, Ventry, 17th April 2017 (M.O'Clery).

First summer Squacco Heron, Ventry, 17th April 2017 (M.O'Clery).

First summer Squacco Heron, Ventry, 17th April 2017 (M.O'Clery).

First summer Squacco Heron, Ventry, 17th April 2017 (M.O'Clery).

The third record for Kerry, after two were shot dead in the 1800s, one on the River Laune in May 1875 and another at Waterville in September 1895. This is about the 23rd record for Ireland