Nest building by Black-headed Heron (Ardea melanocephala). Fancourt, George, South Africa

Canon EOS 1DX Mark II with Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM lens and 1.4x III converter

 ISO 800. 1/2500 secs  at f/6.3  Exposure set manually.

The “heronry” at Fancourt has many breeding pairs of African Darter who had seemed to banish the few remaining pairs of Black-headed Herons. However, now late in the breeding season, the herons have returned and are very busy building nests and mating. This particular pair is still busy building, whilst others are now breeding – characterised by their eyes changing colour to red.