H IS FOR HERON

The heron in focus today is the Black-headed Heron (Ardea melanocephala) which we often see in the Addo Elephant National Park (where these images were taken), around our town and along the roads all over South Africa. I always look out for them in the grasslands while we are driving.

Black-headed heron

I am always watching
the single heron at its place
alone at water, its open eye,
one leg lifted
or wading without seeming to move – Linda Hogan.

Black-headed heron

They are able to stand motionless for a very long time while patiently watching for their prey, which mostly consists of invertebrates although they are also known to eat a range of small mammals and reptiles, such as snakes.

Look at this unwavering golden eye that nonetheless conveys various expressions:

Black-headed heron

Black-headed heron

Black-headed heron

Black-headed heron

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