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Bird ID please Santo André Lagoon, Alentejo, Portugal
You're on the right tracks, but think of something little (not big).....something like a heron and egret....perhaps a young one......
Thank you Brian,
Well, it was much bigger then a Little Egret because that was the one that scared this bird away when the Little Egret landed. My first thoughts were a brown Gray Heron with short legs. I doubt that it could be a Night Heron, I just took photos of the Night Heron (which I just posted here for confirmation) and was walking to my car, getting into my car when I saw this weird bird, hence the bad quality of the photos
Second thought was Bittern but I do not really see that in the photos.
But I could be completely mistaken.
Do you want to see the Birds of the Alentejo region in Portugal?
Thanks, I did say Bittern didn´t I? My Collins states that Little Bittern is not present here in winter?
I wouldnt worry too much about your Collins stating species arent present, even the latest edition doesnt appear to be up to date with distribution map accuracy. They are present here all year, along with many other species that arent in the Collins as overwintering.