Ardea melanocephala  Black-headed Heron  Swartkopreier
Black-headed Heron
Modimolle, Dec 2017

Resident. A non-aquatic heron that is conspicuous and fairly common in agricultural areas – where there are irrigated croplands, mowed pastures or secondary grasslands - but is scarce elsewhere; is attracted to veld fires, preying on escaping insects and rodents. Breeds colonially at a few traditionally used sites and laying may occur at any time of the year.
Black-headed Herons at heronry
Mookgopong, Dec 2017

This huge old camelthorn outside Mookgopong has been used as a nesting site by these herons since at least 1960.

Black-headed Heron
Vaalwater, Aug 2018
Black-headed Heron in flight
Vaalwater, Aug 2018

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