Squacco Heron

Ardeola ralloides

This small, solitary heron is a common resident of marshy vegetation on the margins of slow moving rivers, wetlands/pans and lakes. It skulks around in thick reeds and long grass looking to prey on unsuspecting insect larvae, spiders, beetles, crustaceans, fish and amphibians.

My favourite place to photograph this species is Marievale Bird Sanctuary near Nigel in south east Gauteng.


Squacco Heron / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa / February 2019 Squacco-Heron-3-SM2-VB-SH2-SH-WEB Squacco Heron / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, Gauteng, South Africa / October 2017 Squacco Heron / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, Gauteng, South Africa / October 2017 Squacco Heron / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa / February 2019 Squacco Heron / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, South Africa Squacco Heron / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, South Africa / 22 September 2013 Squacco Heron / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa / 22 November 2014 Squacco Heron / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa / March 2019 Squacco Heron / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, South Africa / 05 October 2013 Squacco Heron / Bullfrog Pan, Benoni, South Africa / 02 March 2014 Squacco Heron / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, South Africa Squacco Heron / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, South Africa Squacco Heron / Kgomo Kgomo, North West Province, South Africa / 17 January 2014 Squacco Heron / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, South Africa / 23 August 2013 Squacco Heron / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, South Africa / 22 September 2013 Squacco Heron / Bullfrog Pan, Benoni, South Africa / 02 March 2014 Squacco Heron / Kgomo Kgomo, North West Province, South Africa / 17 January 2014 Squacco Heron / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa / 22 November 2014 Squacco Heron / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, South Africa / 23 August 2013 Squacco Heron / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, South Africa Squacco Heron / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, South Africa / 22 September 2013 Squacco Heron / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, South Africa Squacco Heron / Bullfrog Pan, Benoni, South Africa / 02 March 2014 Squacco Heron / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, South Africa Squacco Heron / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, South Africa / 23 August 2013 Squacoo Heron / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa / 09 May 2015 Squacco Heron / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa / February 2019 Squacco Heron / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa / 22 November 2014
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