Blackheaded Herons are commonly seen on their own in the veld or standing at the edge of water patiently waiting for something to eat. This one needed to beat the heat and have a swim.

It moved to the centre of Carol’s Rest waterhole in the Addo Elephant National Park and contemplated for a minute or two before having a good splash.

The Hadeda Ibises on the edge never flinched from the drops that sprayed them generously. Then the heron straightened up.

And headed for the side of the waterhole, where it could fluff out its feathers and set them to order once more.


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