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  Grey Heron

 

Ardea cinerea

(62) 94 cm; 1.4 kg

SEXES  Alike, M > F. White head and hindneck, with black eyebrow and plumes, separate it from Black-headed Heron, which has a black crown and hindneck. In flight entire underwing appears uniform dark grey. Bill becomes bright orange and legs pinkish red at onset of br.

JUV  Paler grey body, with grey on forehead and crown. Separated from juv Black-headed Heron by white ear coverts and yellowish (not black) legs.

STATUS  Common resident, wide­spread throughout Africa, except in arid regions.

HABITAT  Shallow water bodies (including marine to some degree), especially estuaries, shallow rivers, lakes and marshes. Active both diurnally and nocturnally.

FOOD  Mainly fish such as mullet and tilapia, but a wide range of aquatic animals such as molluscs, worms and insects, also small rodents and birds.

CALL  Mostly in flight: a raucous kraank.

BR  Monogamous. Nests sometimes singly, but usually colonially, either in monospecific or mixed-species colonies in trees or reedbeds.

 

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Hgr001

Khwai

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Hgr002

Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.6-5.6L

 

 

Hgr003

Khumaga

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Hgr004

Thamalakane River, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.6-5.6L

 

 

Hgr005

Thamalakane River, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.6-5.6L

 

 

Hgr006

Thamalakane River, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.6-5.6L

 

 

Hgr007

Thamalakane River, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.6-5.6L

 

 

Hgr008

Thamalakane River, Maun

Carrying nesting material

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.6-5.6L

 

 

Hgr009

Thamalakane River, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.6-5.6L

 

 

Hgr010

Thamalakane River, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.6-5.6L

 

 

Hgr011

Thamalakane River, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.6-5.6L

 

 

Hgr012

Xini Lagoons

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Hgr013

Khumaga

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Hgr014

Khwai

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Hgr015

Khwai

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Hgr016

Khumaga

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Hgr017

Khumaga

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Hgr018

Khumaga

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Hgr019

Khumaga

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L 

 

Hgr020

Khumaga

Catfish for breakfast

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L 

 

 

 

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