February 3, 2017 - Black-headed Heron (Ardea melanocephala)

These herons are found in Africa from Senegal east to Eritrea and south to South Africa. They eat insects, small mammals, reptiles, and birds, moving slowly through the grass before freezing and striking at their prey. Monogamous pairs nest in small colonies with other heron species. Females do most of the nest construction, building platform nests from twigs, lined with leaves and other soft materials, in trees, reed beds, cliffs, or on small islands. Both parents incubate the eggs.