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  Rufous-bellied Heron

 

Ardeola rufiventris

(75) 39 cm; ca 300 g

SEXES  Similar.

M Highly distinctive with dark plumage and bright yellow bill, legs and feet. At rest shows red-brown wings, belly and vent.

F  More sooty brown, with buffy gular stripe; base of bill greenish or orange-yellow.

JUV  Duller and paler than ad F.

STATUS  Uncommon with br resident and migrant populations; usually solitary.

HABITAT  Wetlands and margins of permanent and ephemeral waters.

FOOD  Fish, frogs, insects and worms.

CALL  Usually silent; a rasping kraak.

BR  Monogamous. Nest placed in low tree over water or in reedbed.

 

 

Hrb001

Khwai

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Hrb002

Khwai

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Hrb003

Khwai

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Hrb004

Khwai

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Hrb005

Khwai

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Hrb006

Xaxanaka

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

       

 

 

 

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