Green-Backed Heron Fishing

The Green-Backed Heron, also known as Striated Heron (Afrikaans name Groenrugreier and Zulu name uLuhlaza wasekela, is widespread in the North and North Eastern parts of South Africa.

They have unique fishing methods and have been known to use bread, paper and insects to bait to attract fish to the surface when fishing from a low branch over water.

We watched this one doing acrobatics whilst hanging from a branch and fishing

It was so amusing to watch his tricks and surprisingly he was in the most part successful, although the size of the fish did not seem very sustainable. We witnessed this at Lake Panic in Skukuza in the Kruger National Park

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