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James Tyrrell

Photographic Guide/Media Team

James had hardly touched a camera when he came to Londolozi, but his writing skills that complemented his Honours degree in Zoology meant that he was quickly snapped up by the Londolozi blog team. An environment rich in photographers helped him develop the ...

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on What Bird is This? #18

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Joan Schmiidt
Digital Tracker

James, I have no idea what this bird is called

Victoria Auchincloss
Senior Digital Ranger

Flunking another bird test! Need to pay attention in January!! Congratulations on being Condé Nast’s first pick!! Good judgement on their part!! Victoria

Mallakita
Digital Ranger

is it a secretary bird ?

Mallakita
Digital Ranger

or marsh eagle ?

Declan Porter
Explorer

Now this one is rather tough. Based on the general giss of the bird I’d say its one of the herons. I’m calling it as a Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea). The head plumes rule out Goliath Heron and the egrets. The smaller herons prefer to be lower down in and amongst the reeds and the body looks a bit long for them. Seeing there is no colour it’s very difficult to split the Grey Heron from the Black-headed Heron and Purple Heron. I’m going with Grey Heron over Black-headed Heron because the plumes look long and more exaggerated than you would see on a Black-headed Heron. I went with the Grey Heron over the Purple Heron mainly because they are more common and the bird looks a bit more bulky and Purple Herons prefer thicker reeds and I made a judgement call that this dead tree is closer to one of the smaller pans that doesn’t have very thick reeds surrounding it.

Looking forward to tomorrow’s TWIP to see what it was!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

It seems like it might be part of the secretary bird family by the spikey head feathers, but the legs appear to be too short for this species……?

Sean De
Explorer

Black crowned night heron?

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Very close…

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