Fauna and Flora Friday: 30 April 2021 -Black-headed Heron

Black-headed Heron, Ardea melanocephala

A large, grayish heron of drier habitats; note distinctly dark cap and nape contrasting with white throat. In-flight, the underwing is strongly contrasting black-and-white. The juvenile is duskier and duller. Juveniles resemble juvenile Gray Herons, juvenile Black-headed Herons have slate-gray rather than yellow legs. Gray Heron also has uniformly gray (not black-and-white) underwings.

It often feeds in shallow water, spearing fish or frogs with its long, sharp bill. It will also hunt well away from water, taking large insects, small mammals, and birds. It will wait motionless for its prey, or slowly stalk its victim.

The black-headed heron is largely sedentary, meaning that they will only migrate in response to a depletion of food. They are happy to nest in colonies of mixed bird species, often consisting of as many as 200 other birds. Generally, they hunt alone, but are not opposed to the idea of hunting while in a loosely-congregated feeding flock. A heron may travel up to 30 kilometers a day between its preferred feeding ground and its roost. This is a monogamous bird, sticking to one partner for life.

Herons usually breed in the wet season in colonies in trees, reedbeds, or cliffs using sticks, leaves and straw .

The male will use a loud yelp to attract a mate. Once the breeding pair has mated, she will build the nest from the materials that he gathers and then she will lay between 2 and 4 eggs in it. Both the male and the female are responsible for incubating the eggs until they hatch. Little is known about these chicks until they fledge, which happens at around 52 days of age, a week after which they become completely independent of the care of their parents.

Up to 35 breeding pairs can be found in one large tree, making this a very social, gregarious time for the adult birds.

Black-headed HeronArdea melanocephala, Tsaarbank, West Coast National Park
Black-headed HeronArdea melanocephala, Tsaarbank, West Coast National Park
Black-headed HeronArdea melanocephala, Tsaarbank, West Coast National Park

“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.” ~Frank Lloyd Write

Thank you very much for taking the time to read my post. I hope you also learned something new today.

Have a fabulous day. Till next time, please stay safe and healthy.

Coreen

For The Love Of Music: 30 April 2021

Truly Madly Deeply by One Direction

Am I asleep, am I awake, or somewhere in between?
I can’t believe that you are here and lying next to me
Or did I dream that we were perfectly entwined?
Like branches on a tree, or twigs caught on a vine?

Like all those days and weeks and months I tried to steal a kiss
And all those sleepless nights and daydreams where I pictured this,
I’m just the underdog who finally got the girl
And I am not ashamed to tell it to the world

Truly, madly, deeply, I am
Foolishly, completely falling
And somehow you kicked all my walls in
So baby, say you’ll always keep me
Truly, madly, crazy, deeply in love with you
In love with you

Should I put coffee and granola on a tray in bed
And wake you up with all the words that I still haven’t said?
And tender touches, just to show you how I feel
Or should I act so cool like it was no big deal?

Wish I could freeze this moment in a frame and stay like this
I’ll put this day back on replay and keep reliving it
‘Cause here’s the tragic truth if you don’t feel the same
My heart would fall apart if someone said your name

And truly, madly, deeply, I am
Foolishly, completely falling
And somehow you kicked all my walls in
So baby, say you’ll always keep me
Truly, madly, crazy, deeply in love with you

I hope I’m not a casualty,
I hope you won’t get up and leave
May not mean that much to you
But to me it’s everything, everything

Truly, madly, deeply, I am
Foolishly, completely falling
And somehow you kicked all my walls in
So baby, say you’ll always keep me
Truly, madly, crazy deeply in love (in love) with you (with you),
In love (in love) with you (with you)
In love (in love) with you (with you)
With you, oh!

Thank you for your ongoing support and taking the time to have a look at my post.

Keep humming and singing the day away.

Stay safe and healthy. Till next time

Coreen

Cee’s Flower Of The Day Challenge: 30 April 2021 – African Stachys, Katbossie

Good day friends,

I hope that you all are still happy and healthy.

Here is my contribution for Cee’s FOTD Challenge.

“Minds are like flowers, they open only when the time is right.” ~Stephen Richards

With all my heart, Thank You for your ongoing support and for taking the time to have a look at my post.

Stay safe and healthy. Till next time.

Have a Fabulous day.

Coreen

Just a Random Photo: 30 April 2021

White Throated Swallow, West Coast National Park

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 Have a fantastic day. Stay safe. Till next time

Coreen

Squared: 30 April 2021

Hartlaub’s Gulls, Table View, Western Cape

Thank you very much for taking the time to have a look at my work.

Stay safe and healthy. Till next time.

Have a Fabulous day.

Coreen

Good morning: 30 April 2021

Good morning everyone,

Ogies slept next to me the whole night. She stayed put even the three times I had to go to bathroom. One can see the nights are getting colder she is snuggling up against you much more.

Oh my word the first quarter of the year is coming to an end today. Only a few hours left. Why is time going by so fast?

According to the weather forecast we are having a another cool day today. 19°C and gentle breeze in the morning picking up later today.

On my To-Do List for today.

  • Edit.
  • Do yesterday forgotten Throwback Thursday post🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️
  • Schedule some posts.
  • Go to shop.
  • Read.
  • Prepare dinner.

Thank you for your ongoing support and taking the time to look at my post.

I wish you a Fabulous Friday.

🤗Big Virtual Hug

Coreen

What’s In My Garden? #233

Greetings from my garden….

Swiss Chard (2020/11/06)

“Gardening is the art that uses flowers & plants as paint ,and the soil and sky as canvas.”   ~ Elizabeth Murray

Thank you very much for taking the time to join me in exploring our garden.

Till next time, please stay safe and healthy. Have a fabulous day.

Coreen

Gratitude. Love. Positivity: 30 April 2021

“The thought manifests as the word. The word manifests as the deed. The deed develops into habit. And the habit hardens into character. So watch the thought and its ways with care. And let it spring from love, born out of concern for all beings.” ~Buddha

Thank you with all my heart for stopping by. Thank you for your continued support. I am truly grateful for every view, like, follow and comment.

Stay safe and grateful.

Have a Blessed day.

Coreen

My Photo Someone’s Quote: 290/365

Good Morning,

Hope you had a peaceful night. Here is my quote for today.

Thank you for your continued support and taking the time to look at my post.

Kind regards,

Coreen

My Affirmation for Today: 30 April

Good Morning,

Repeat Affirmation throughout the day.

Thank you for stopping by.

Have a fantastic day.

Coreen