Zambia's 1st Western Reef Heron!
Photo by: Greg Poole

On Saturday, 11 March 2006, a Western Reef Heron Egretta gularis schistacea (BoA = asha) was located in front of the Kafunta River Lodge in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia. It has been adjudicated by the Zambian Rarities Committee and accepted as Zambia's 1st record of this species.

This subspecies of Western Reef Heron is normally restricted to the coastline of East Africa with the occassional record of individuals inland in the Rift Valley. To the best of our knowledge, this is the most southerly record of this subspecies in Africa, with only a single record of the nominate Egretta gularis gularis from the Cape Peninsula in 2002 being further south.

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