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.
“We could tell that the heron was intent on catching a fish, as he had been at the task for about 30 minutes.
“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.
“Meanwhile, the heron manipulated its meal so that it could get the fish into its mouth.
“Then it was down the hatch – the heron gulping without delay.
“Its hunger momentarily satisfied, the heron turned back to work for its next course!”