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Heron: Purple

Unread postby BushCall » Thu May 03, 2007 6:27 pm

This shy Heron only really comes out in the open early morning and late afternoon and are fairly common on the South Cape Coast in the estuaries of Sedgefield and Wilderness
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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Thu May 03, 2007 10:41 pm

Also seen at Paarl, and I have seen them at Silolweni dam
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Unread postby BushCall » Fri May 04, 2007 8:38 am

Ja BB that Paarl site looks like it really cooks for waterbirds. The only place I've seen the Purple Heron in Kruger is crossing the Bridge into Kruger at Croc Bridge. There are a couple around here in PE as well and we met someone who says they saw one at Addo but I cant imagine where as it is very habitat specific (reeds etc)

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Re: Purple Heron

Unread postby Falconry4ever » Sat May 05, 2007 6:50 pm

BushCall wrote:This shy Heron only really comes out in the open early morning and late afternoon and are fairly common on the South Cape Coast in the estuaries of Sedgefield and Wilderness

Also on top of the Waterberg escarp near Mookgopong (Naboomspruit) :D

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Unread postby Candy's Style » Thu Mar 27, 2008 11:17 am

Afrikaans: Rooireier
Scientific: Ardea purpurea

Food: Mostly fish, frogs, small reptiles, birds and small mammals
Habitat: Inland and estuarine waters with dense reedbeds and other aquatic vegetation.
Habits: Solitary feeder, wading or standing in marshy places, often with bill and neck held horizontally. Shy and seldom seen until it takes off, usually with squawk. In flight legs look very long. Feeds by day or night and roosts communally in reedbeds.
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Unread postby Sion » Sat Apr 05, 2008 9:09 am

Saw Purple Heron on an evening drive outside Mopani on 30 March 08

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Unread postby ngwenya » Sun Jun 22, 2008 7:24 am

The following bird was sighted in May at the bridge at Crocodile Bridge. it was late afternoon and close to the reeds
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Unread postby peterpiper » Sun Jun 22, 2008 8:50 am

That's a young Purple heron. A bit difficult to tell it apart from the Goliath heron in a photo, but in real life the Goliath is much bigger. Purple Herons also have a dark crown and adults have a black stripe on their faces.
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Re: Purple Heron

Unread postby LaeveldLeeu » Thu Oct 09, 2008 12:22 pm

Hi all

Saw this Purple Heron near Pretoriuskop in Kruger. (On the Fayi loop)
Got to spend about half an hour watching him fish.

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Re: Heron: Purple

Unread postby Elsa » Tue Apr 28, 2009 4:10 pm

This Purple Heron and Juv seen at Ratelpan Hide in Kruger in March this year.

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Re: Heron: Purple

Unread postby Bookman » Thu Apr 30, 2009 9:42 am

On campus in the middle of Bellville there is a small pond and have found Purple Heron in it several times in the last few months

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Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby arks » Thu Apr 09, 2015 2:58 pm

Here are two "unusual" birds seen at Strandfontein (Cape Town) in early January 2015. I'm not quite sure about either of them :hmz:

1. Is this one possibly a leucistic purple heron?
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Karin Mitton » Sat Jul 25, 2015 7:48 pm

arks wrote:Anyone? Still puzzled by these two :hmz:


Arks, I can't comment on the first, but the2nd is s normal reed cormorant - the young ones have lighter colouring.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby arks » Sat Jul 25, 2015 9:51 pm

Karin Mitton wrote:
arks wrote:Anyone? Still puzzled by these two :hmz:

Arks, I can't comment on the first, but the2nd is s normal reed cormorant - the young ones have lighter colouring.

Thanks Karin :thumbs_up: That first one really has me :wall:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Karin Mitton » Thu Aug 06, 2015 4:41 pm

arks wrote:
Karin Mitton wrote:
arks wrote:Anyone? Still puzzled by these two :hmz:

Arks, I can't comment on the first, but the2nd is s normal reed cormorant - the young ones have lighter colouring.

Thanks Karin :thumbs_up: That first one really has me :wall:


Arks, I saw a similar bird on the weekend. If you read the description "Juveniles look similar to the adults, but are paler." Now I am not sure what the definition of "paler " is, but maybe both your bird and mine are young ones?
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