As far as I know, no birder was able to view the heron. Many of us travelled to Flatrock once the report was made of the bird, only to find an empty field. What can be done, if anything, to educate the public about rare birds and how to report and preserve them. The truth is many people do just that. When a rare bird shows up in their yard, they learn about the bird, report its presence and do all they can to keep the bird alive. In some cases, the bird becomes one of the family for the duration of its visit.
Yet, there are the few individuals who have no appreciation for our rare visitors and use them for target practice. It was a very sad day when I learned of the fate of both of these species.