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Herons: Black-headed Heron

Unread postby Peter Betts » Sat Oct 14, 2006 11:02 pm

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Here is a Black Headed Heron eating one of many Grasshoppers in the flowers at Addo this morning. I put this in to apologise for my previous Pic on this thread of the "Little Egret" where in fact my pic is actually of a Cattle Egret at Hapoor dam....Addo this morning where there were hundreds walking around in the veld. I should have known better and obviously was not concentrating when I opened the post after I got back from Addo.

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Unread postby Boulder » Sun Nov 05, 2006 8:17 pm

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Unread postby richardharris » Sat Mar 03, 2007 2:04 pm

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Juvenile seen on Mahonie loop (Punda Maria).

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Unread postby wilmaw » Thu Jun 07, 2007 9:27 pm

Didn't have a working camera handy :x , but a juvenile black-headed heron paid a visit to our back yard in Barberton today. :lol: We watched him from inside the house for about 20min, during which he caught at least 3 lizards (he spent some time out of sight and might have caught 1 more).

It was great to watch him hunt. As soon as he spotted his prey, he started wiggling his body (like a cat, almost) and would keep wiggling, with neck extended, slooowly moving his feet to get closer and finally, strike and take a few seconds to swallow the lizard.

In our bird book/on the net we couldn't find an explanation for this wiggling of the body prior to attack, but we think it might be a trick to fool the prey - surely the lizards would have seen it approach?

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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Fri Jun 08, 2007 12:21 pm

They are common in the Western Cape. I saw about a dozen yesterday at the Paarl Bird Sanctuary.

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Unread postby naomi c » Thu Nov 08, 2007 1:52 pm

Saw my first one in KTP in 2001. Have never seen one in Kruger. Image

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Unread postby elpaco » Thu Nov 08, 2007 3:22 pm

my contribution
seen in WCNP in 2005.
I also saw one in KTP in the middle of the dunes...thought it was more a waterbird :?
but never seen one in Kruger

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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Thu Nov 08, 2007 3:47 pm

They are common here in the Cape elpaco, but up north there are more grey herons.
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Unread postby Candy's Style » Thu Mar 27, 2008 1:00 pm

Blackheaded Heron or Blacknecked Heron
Swartkopreier
Ardea melanocephala

Habitat: Open grassland, fallow Fields, edges of inland waters and forest clearings
Food: Frogs, fish, crabs, insects, rodents, birds (up to the size of a laughing dove), small reptiles, worms, spiders, scorpions, snails and golden moles.
Habits: Solitary when feeding, either standing and waiting for prey or stalking slowly. Roosts colonially in trees, reedbeds and on islands up to 30km from feeding grounds. Flight slow.

The greyheaded heron doesn't have two tones of colour on the under wing (White in front and black behind) but rather one even grey colour. The blackheaded heron in flight:
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Unread postby ingrid60 » Sun Apr 20, 2008 5:03 pm

Please,can anyone help me?

I know these are Heron,but which one?

The pix were taken in KTP Sept.Oct.07.
Are they both the same?
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Unread postby anne-marie » Sun Apr 20, 2008 5:25 pm

I saw the same in KTP an April 2007
it's a blackheaded heron (héron mélanocéphale)... but I'm not a specialist :wink:
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Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Sun Apr 20, 2008 6:44 pm

anne-marie wrote:I saw the same in KTP an April 2007
it's a blackheaded heron (héron mélanocéphale)... but I'm not a specialist :wink:


You are spot-on anne-marie... with calls like that you will soon be considered a "specialist" :lol:
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Unread postby RosemaryH » Thu Jul 03, 2008 9:51 pm

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Re: Heron: Black-headed

Unread postby richardharris » Fri Feb 13, 2009 12:39 pm

Seen this January.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby CurtisDillon » Thu Nov 12, 2009 1:56 pm

I would like to confirm if this is a Black-Headed Heron. I saw it catch a lizard this morning.
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