Purple Heron

Ardea purpurea

This wide-ranging species is one of Africa’s most beautiful herons. As its name suggests its purple colour, which is accentuated during breeding season, helps it stand out from the rest.

Marievale Bird Santuary near Nigel, South Africa is an excellent spot to see and photograph this relatively shy species.


Purple Heron / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa / June 2019 Purple Heron / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa / 31 December 2015 Purple Heron / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa Purple Heron / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa / 13 January 2016 Purple Heron / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa / 13 January 2016 Purple Heron / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, South Africa Purple Heron / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa / 31 December 2015 Purple Heron / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, South Africa Purple Heron / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa Purple Heron / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, South Africa Purple Heron / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, South Africa
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