Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Squacco Heron(Ardeola ralloides)



No one around so  Use the gangplank as a hunting post.





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The Squacco Heron  this is a migrating bird to these parts of the Nile all through the winter from around October up until end of march,   last week I saw one,   today I saw many not sure  which is the male but the one in flight is a bit larger than the one with the blue beak. both are in full breeding plumage.



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Not sure if they are being inquisitive about this big camera,    I have never got this close to them before. 

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The Squacco herons  are back now the Nile has come up on depth  and covered  what is left of the inlet. the heron is here in the upper delta all year,  but is usually a loner seeking its food along the banks of the Nile river in what is normally a fast flowing river,   here on the banana island inlet. the water comes in and is now stopped by the landfill some 100 yards from the flowing Nile. as the photos show there id a lot of floating debris most of this is normal from the last years growth of reeds and plants along the Nile, it is also what the fish feed on often I see a reed movement  where a fish is feeding on whatever on the stem of the reed below water. and this is what the squacco heron watches before it dives in for the kill  today where normally I only see one Squacco  I saw 25  today  and they where quite near to each other often having squabbles who should be where.




Three Squacco and a Little egret.



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A young Squacco heron,
all the breeds of young herons seem to have green legs, even the Little Egret
who have black legs and yellow feet in adults.




This is the adult Squacco heron young have a more orange plumage and the beak has an aqua tinge.
Eyes too big for its beak but eventually after getting the fish in the right position down it went.




Three Squacco and a Little egret.




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A young Squacco heron,
all the breeds of young herons seem to have green legs, even the Little Egret
who have black legs and yellow feet in adults.




This is the adult Squacco heron young have a more orange plumage and the beak has an aqua tinge.
Eyes too big for its beak but eventually after getting the fish in the right position down it went.




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2 comments:

Mary said...

What a beautiful bird! I like its color a lot. Very excellent shots!

Tabib said...

Beautiful Herons series.
Love that in flight shots.

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