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.
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.
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: