Lansdown, P / February 1985 – vol. 78, issue 2, pp 97–102 The Purple Heron is seldom seen away from large reed-beds and marshland vegetation where it spends much of the day concealed. It is, therefore, most frequently seen in flight, and then usually soon after dawn and shortly before dusk. As most species can appear dark-plumaged at these times, it is important that, without great emphasis on colour, a flying Purple Heron be clearly distinguished f... This article is only available to registered users.To read more, please log in or purchase a subscription.