Black Heron

Egretta ardesiaca

This small, black egret’s fishing tactics have made it one of my favourite water birds.

One of the best places in the country, to witness this bird hovering above the surface, is Mkhombo Dam Nature Reserve in Mpumulanga.

I first recorded it with Skye HartogĀ in January 2011 while birding Marievale Bird Sanctuary near Nigel.


Black Heron / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa / March 2020 Black Heron / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa / March 2020 Black Heron or Egret / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa / 25 November 2017 Black Heron / Zibul Colliery, Delmas, South Africa / February 2020 Black Heron / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa / March 2020 Black Heron / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa / March 2020 Black Heron / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa / March 2020 Black Heron / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa / March 2020 Black Heron or Egret / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa / 25 November 2017 Black Heron or Egret / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa / 25 November 2017 Black Heron or Egret / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa / 25 November 2017 Black Heron / Mkhombo Dam Nature Reserve, South Africa / 02 December 2011 Black Heron / Mkhombo Dam Nature Reserve, South Africa Black Heron or Egret / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa / 25 November 2017 Black Heron / Mkhombo Dam Nature Reserve, South Africa / 18 November 2011 Black Heron / Mkhombo Dam Nature Reserve, South Africa Black Heron / Mkhombo Dam Nature Reserve, South Africa / 18 November 2011 Black Heron / Mkhombo Dam Nature Reserve, South Africa / 18 November 2011 Black Heron / Mkhombo Dam Nature Reserve, South Africa / 26 October 2012
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