Goliath Heron: Kazinga Channel, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda, August 2022 — We move from a small heron with a world-wide distribution to the largest Heron in Africa (and, I believe, in the world). The Goliath Heron stands almost 5 feet tall with a massive body structure and a huge bill and is found in small numbers at select locations all through sub-Saharan Africa. I had a glimpse of one on this same island in the Kazinga Channel on my 2018 trip, but I was delighted with this view this August! Sony Rx10iv at 458mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Photo and Apple Photos. ISO 100 @ f5 @ 1/1000th.
Black-crowned Night-heron: Kazinga Channel, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda, August 2022 — I know, I could just walk down to the pond or along the river right here in Kennebunk, Maine to see one of these…they are relatively common across much of North American, through Central America, and everywhere in South America except the Amazon Basin. They are also common in all of Europe, India, much of South-east Asia, and you can find them in select regions of Africa. The only thing special about this Black-crowned Night-heron is the location, in Queen Elizabeth National Park, in south central Uganda…and even that would not be special if I lived there, or visited more than every few years. 🙂 Still. Nice bird, and this one was photographically cooperative. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Photo and Apple Photos. ISO 400 and 500 @ f4 @ 1/500th.