Black Heron (Egret)
Egretta ardesiaca
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The black heron stalks fish and crustaceans by spreading its wings like an umbrella which may allow it to see better without reflection and/or may provide the shade that its prey seeks. The yellow feet and lower legs may also attract prey. Sometimes it jumps up (#10 in the slideshow) as it is spreading the umbrella. The top photo (Lake Manyara, 11-16) is courtesy of Linda Bushman. The next two photos are courtesy of Marie-France Grenouillet. The 4th row and right 5th row photos were taken in Chobe NP (Botswana, 3-16), courtesy of Brad Johnson. The left 5th row bird was seen at Lake Manyara (4-15), courtesy of Per Holmen. The photo of the standing pair was taken in Saadani, NP, courtesy of Tembo Kijani Lodge staff; the walking pair, at Lake Eyasi (11-11), courtesy of Paul Oliver; click it to see more.
 
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All unattributed images on this website are:
copyright © 2001-17 Ron Eggert or David Peterson
All other images are the property of the indicated photographers:
Paul Oliver, Marie-France Grenouillet, Per Holmen, Linda Bushman
Brad Johnson, Tembo Kijani Lodge staff

Last Update this page: 2-03-17