Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides)
RANGE; Breed in Southern Europe & Greater Middle East. Migrant, wintering in Africa.
They feed on insects, fish & amphibian. Breed in marshy wetlands in small colonies often with outehr wading birds.
Doñana National & Natural Park. Huelva Province, Andalusia. SPAIN
1969 - Set up as a National Park
1981 - Biosphere Reserve
1982 - Wetland of International Importance, Ramsar
1985 - Special Protection Area for Birds
1994 - World Heritage Site, UNESCO.
The marshlands in particular are a very important area for the migration, breeding and wintering of European and African birds. It is also an area of old cultures, traditions and human uses - most of which are still in existance.