As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Friday, 15 June 2018

‘Jurassic Park’ Bird Spotted in Greece (photos)



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Social media users in Greece were left scratching their heads after a picture of a scary flying animal resembling a scene from Jurassic Park went viral.

The enormous-looking avian was photographed on Wednesday near Crete’s Ierapetra.

The initial excitement of what some believed to be a sighting of a prehistoric bird was dampened when it later emerged through new photos that the bird in question was a heron.

The herons are long-legged freshwater and coastal birds in the family Ardeidae, with 64 recognized species, some of which are referred to as egrets or bitterns rather than herons.

Although herons resemble birds in some other families, such as the storks, ibises, spoonbills, and cranes, they differ from these in flying with their necks retracted, not outstretched.

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