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Heron: Green-backed

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Heron: Green-backed

Unread postby wildtuinman » Wed Jun 28, 2006 1:15 pm

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Wikipedia wrote:The Striated Heron (or Mangrove Heron or Little Heron), Butorides striatus, is a small heron.

Adults have a blue-grey back and wings, white underparts, a black cap and short yellow legs. Juveniles are browner above and streaked below.

Their breeding habitat is small wetlands in the Old World tropics from west Africa to Japan and in South America. They are mostly non-migratory. They nest in a platform of sticks often in shrubs or trees, sometimes on the ground, often near water, laying 3-5 eggs.

These birds stand still at the water's edge and wait to ambush prey, but are easier to see than many small heron species. They mainly eat small fish, frogs and aquatic insects.

They sometimes use bait, dropping a feather or leaf carefully on the water surface and picking fish that visit it.

This bird is often considered to be conspecific with the closely-related American species, the Green Heron.


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Unread postby Johann » Thu Jun 29, 2006 10:43 am

This one was fishing in a little drift, where I've seen leopard before, on the S41 near N'wanetsi. Got quite a big catch and gulped it down so quick, I couldn't even get any shots of it taking it all in. Taken very late in the afternoon with very little light.

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Unread postby richardharris » Sat Jul 01, 2006 1:01 am

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Seen near the Engelhard dam

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Green-backed Heron

Unread postby francoisd » Wed Sep 13, 2006 2:14 pm

Green-backed Heron (Butorides striata)

Also know in other parts of the world as Striated Heron, Little Heron or Mangrove Heron

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Other names:
Afrikaans: Groenrugreier
German: Mangrovereiher
French: Héron strié
Portuguese: Garça-de-dorso-verde
Dutch: Mangrovereiger striated/little/green-backed

A solitary and shy bird which forages among low waterside roots and branches. Interestingly this species uses a method of foraging known as "baiting" in which the bird uses a piece of bread, an insect or even a small twig to attract fish. It is predominantly a crepuscular bird but varies its habits according to local conditions so it also exhibits diurnal and nocturnal habits.

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Unread postby Bosnimf » Wed Sep 13, 2006 8:45 pm

Probably the same one Johann saw :D, just early morning

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Unread postby wilmaw » Thu Nov 02, 2006 6:41 pm

Looks like their behaviour is quite predictable!

This one was at Crocodile Bridge upon entering the park early one morning -

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Unread postby Elsa » Tue Mar 04, 2008 2:55 pm

There were actually 3 chicks, seen at lake Panic last month but I think this pic only contains 2.
The adult didin't seem too interested in feeding them so maybe was trying to encourage them to feed themselves.
Apologies, the pic is not the best quality.

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Unread postby davegrohl » Wed Mar 12, 2008 2:30 pm

Had a close up experience with a GBH las year.
Was in Botswana, on a boat cruise on the Chobe river. Was is a small motor boat, seated 6, and was low to the water surface.
We 'docked' ie. rammed a river bank, in amongst the low reeds to enjoy a lion sighting (2 lioness' about 90 meters away) sleeping in the open on the extended river bank, when a GBH that had been poking around the reeds next to our boat decided to hop onto the front 'nose' of our boat. I was in the front, so it was about 1 meter away from me. Sat there for about 5 seconds and hopped off! We all had a bit of a (muffled) chuckle. was quite comical. :)

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Unread postby Richprins » Tue Apr 08, 2008 7:38 pm

This today just north of the tarred road going up the S-36 to Nhlanguleni.

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It never managed to swallow the barbel while we were there!

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Re: Heron

Unread postby Jose » Tue Apr 08, 2008 8:34 pm

Richprins wrote:This today just north of the tarred road going up the S-36 to Nhlanguleni.

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It never managed to swallow the barbel while we were there!

Tricky pic, but my first hunch was Green-backed Heron and it still is. Ok, now you lot go and make fun of me...!
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Unread postby Richprins » Tue Jul 15, 2008 7:01 pm

Was fortunate enough to see the immature (S-36 just north of tarred road)

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And then the adult (Sabie River low-water crossing) both within spitting distance on two consecutive trips this year!

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Re: Green-backed Heron

Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Thu Oct 23, 2008 11:32 pm

Great photo's everyone, especially the one where he is in a "bad mood" :thumbs_up:
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Re: Green-backed Heron

Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Mon Nov 10, 2008 9:54 am

Seen at Rietvlei yesterday. It has such intense eyes!

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Re: Green-backed Heron

Unread postby Wild about cats » Mon Nov 10, 2008 10:02 am

Lake Panic, October 2008

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Re: Heron: Green-backed

Unread postby fuzzmonkey » Fri Jan 23, 2009 1:04 am

Seen at Lake Panic

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