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Heron: Squacco Heron

Unread post by bucky » Mon Mar 12, 2007 9:10 am

(Common) Squacco heron .

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Unread post by saraf » Mon Mar 12, 2007 8:27 pm

Saw one at Matambeni Hide last October. Too far away to take a photo, unfortunately.

It wasn't a heron I'd seen or heard of before. How common is the "Common" squacco heron?

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Unread post by Elsa » Tue Mar 13, 2007 12:39 pm

We also saw our first S Heron at Matambeni Hide in Jan. this year.
Looked long and hard to try and ID it but pretty sure that is what it was.

Roberts lists them as locally common in S. Africa.
Resident and sedentary near permanent water.
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Unread post by bucky » Tue Mar 13, 2007 1:11 pm

I don't think they are all that common .
Maybe in localised areas yes , but overall no .

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Unread post by kathy sa » Tue Mar 13, 2007 5:39 pm

I saw my first Squacco Heron at Marievale. Its an amazing place with lots to spot seemingly in the middle of nowhere!

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Unread post by wildtuinman » Mon Mar 19, 2007 7:02 am

First ever Squacco I have seen was @ Lake Panic. Though till end of last year with a trip to Marievale that it was a pretty mean sighting. :lol:

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Unread post by richardharris » Wed Nov 21, 2007 6:59 pm

Matambeni is the only place I have seen them - but usually do when I go there. Must be one of the 'locally common' spots. Along with the black egret.

I always think the best way to tell the squacco is to see what appears to be some sort of white egret flying , which then 'disappears' when it lands; the light brown colouration is great camouflage from a distance.

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Re: Heron: Squacco Heron

Unread post by Yolandé Oelsen » Tue Jul 28, 2009 9:18 pm

Seen on the causeway at Marievale.

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Re: Heron: Squacco Heron

Unread post by PaulEdge » Sat Aug 01, 2009 7:44 pm

Saw our first Squacco Heron at Sirheni bushcamp KNP. Difficult to spot but once spotted despite the awesome camouflage, fascinating to watch. Subsequently saw plenty at Borakalalo in July this year.

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Re: Heron: Squacco Heron

Unread post by o-dog » Sun Aug 02, 2009 6:55 pm

Great place to see them is the hide at Engelhardt Dam...always see them there with the pratincoles in summer.
They are very common in the Okavango Swamps.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by pnm » Sat Jun 11, 2011 12:06 pm

Hello all

I took the following photos at the Paarl Sewage works yesterday at about 11:00. The bird should win a prize as the skulkiest bird ever. It took me nearly an hour just to shoot a few photos. It never showed itself in full. It was silent. It seemed to be feeding off the ground among the reeds.

At first I thought immature Greenbacked heron but this seemed wrong.

I noted the following:

Clearly stripy crown of head
Clearly light chest and underside
Heavily flecked sides

So now I am going to stick my neck out and say Little Bittern and as it is winter and therefore resident m payesii.

I am quite happy to be found out wrong! I would appreciate help from the fundis.

I include four photos as all show a different perspective of this skulker.

Thanks: Pete

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by MattAxel » Sun Jun 12, 2011 9:03 am

Hi Pete
Little Bittern would have a black crown, even the juvenile, so I would go with Squacco Heron, which is actually a rarity in the Western Cape, but there have been quite a few sightings of them from Paarl Bird Sanctuary lately.

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Re: Heron: Squacco Heron

Unread post by DinkyBird » Sun Apr 22, 2012 7:07 pm

Kruger, Sunset Dam, Nov 2010:

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Re: Heron: Squacco Heron

Unread post by Jan van Wyk » Sun Apr 26, 2015 8:24 pm

Last image Dec 2012...few of my recent images taken at Lake Panic ....

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Re: Heron: Squacco Heron

Unread post by leopardspotter » Mon Sep 14, 2015 7:11 pm

A comical looking Squacco Heron photographed at Marievale Bird Sanctuary.

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