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 as it is spreading the umbrella. The top photo was taken at Shambarai swamp (3-19). The 2nd row photo was taken at Lake Manyara (8-20), courtesy of Alex Rees. The left 3rd row bird was seen at Lake Manyara (4-15), courtesy of Per Holmen; the right 3rd row, in Chobe NP-Botswana (3-16), courtesy of Brad Johnson.The 4th row photo (Lake Manyara, 11-16) is courtesy of Linda Bushman and the photo with spoonbill was taken at Lake Manyara (1-18); click it to see 9 enlargements.
The 23 birds in the bottom slider were seen at Lake Jipe, Lake Manyara and Shambarai swamp.

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All unattributed images on this website are:
copyright © 2001-20 Ron Eggert or David Peterson
All other images are the property of the indicated photographers:
Paul Oliver, Marie-France Grenouillet, Per Holmen, Linda Bushman, Alex Rees
Brad Johnson, Tembo Kijani Lodge staff, Karine Van der Vurst

Last Update this page: 8-08-20