Tuesday 1 May 2018

Green Heron in Pembrokeshire

Green Heron .

News of a Green Heron being discovered in Narberth Pembrokeshire over the weekend caught the birding worlds attention , i was invited to go down there on Monday 30th April as my good birding mate had never seen one , i have been lucky enough to see 2 Green Herons before (Kent 2008 & Cornwall 2010) but i hardly ever turn down the opportunity to see great birds.

At full stretch.

We left extremely early and arrived at approx 9am , there had been no news at all on our journey and just as we pulled up news broke that the Green Heron was still present.

Initial views were restricted.

We eventually joined the already assembled birders and the Green Heron was out of view in the iris beds , after a short time my mate RR picked it out as it crepted through the reeds catching Newts & Rudd and was really feeding well.

Although we could see it the views were really restricted as it seemed quite content hiding away catching it's prey just giving very tantalising views every now and again.

A Red Kite drifted over head , which was the 2nd one we had seen this morning plus a Willow Warbler was singing away which was the first one i have heard this year.

In full view.

Eventually our patience paid of when the Green Heron walked through the reeds and out into the open and gave fantastic views.

The Green Heron then had a scratch and a preen.

Having a scratch.

And having a preen.

The Green Heron is an amazing coloured bird , the mantle had superb green feathers.

Green Heron.

Here's a photo of the Cornwall Green Heron i saw back in 2010.

Green Heron in 2010.

The journey home was long but well worth the effort , we added a further 10 Red Kites along the M4 plus several Common Buzzards.


  1. Seems bizarre to see a heron coloured like a dull kingfisher!