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Rare bird species spotted in Israel for 1st time

A Chinese pond heron observed in Israel for the first time, April 20, 2021, in Jerusalem's Botanical Garden. (Ori Fragman-Sapir/Jerusalem Botanical Garden)
A Chinese pond heron observed in Israel for the first time, April 20, 2021, in Jerusalem's Botanical Garden. (Ori Fragman-Sapir/Jerusalem Botanical Garden)

A bird species has been observed in Israel for the first time ever in recent days, according to a statement by Jerusalem’s Botanical Gardens.

The Chinese pond heron, common in East Asia, was spotted and photographed today at the garden’s pond by 16-year-old birdwatcher Shahar Hizkiya, according to the statement.

Hizkiya was sent to the area after Dr. Yoav Perlman, science director at the Israel Ornithological Center, received a report about the arrival of the rare guest.

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