Sharifa Jinnah shares a mealtime photo sequence showing the artful fishing skills of a goliath heron, taken from the Kruger’s Sweni bird hide.

“On 14 June 2014 we were at Sweni Hide in the Kruger National Park, watching a number of animals and birds. There were yellow billed storks, a giant kingfisher, a brown hooded kingfisher, moorhens and Egyptian geese. A fish eagle was soaring overhead and it was an idyllic Kruger scene. There was also a goliath heron, standing motionless.

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“We could tell that the heron was intent on catching a fish, as he had been at the task for about 30 minutes.

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“In the blink of an eye, he had his dinner! We were happy to be able to capture it, since it all happened so quickly! With a fish impaled on its beak, the heron began walking towards us.

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“Meanwhile, the heron manipulated its meal so that it could get the fish into its mouth.

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“Then it was down the hatch – the heron gulping without delay.

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“Its hunger momentarily satisfied, the heron turned back to work for its next course!”

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