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Purple Heron - Ardea purpurea

Purple Heron

Adult Purple Heron characteristically half-hidden in tall reeds

It is no surprise that the Purple Heron is scarce in the Algarve as the region has little to offer in the way of extensive reedbeds, this heron’s favoured habitat. The Parque Ambiental de Vilamoura and Lagoa dos Salgados are the most likely sites to meet up with this summer visitor. Normally hidden away among the reeds, views of this handsome heron are typically limited to birds in flight.

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