BLACK HERON

Egretta ardesiaca

A: Swartreier

O: Black Egret

 

An exquisite wetland bird of the subregion. Yellow feet contrast so vividly with the slate-grey colour. Known for their unique ‘mantling’ foraging habits – where they droop their wings over their heads, whilst in the water and form an ‘umbrella’, in which to lure fish in and subsequently catch them.