The Goliath Catch by Mario Moreno on Flickr.
A Goliath Heron makes a catch in Lake Panic in Kruger National Park. Image captured during a photo tour with This Heron (Ardea goliath) is a very large wading bird of the heron family and is found in sub-Saharan Africa, with smaller numbers in Southwest and South Asia. It is also the world’s largest heron. The height is 120â152 cm (47â60 in), the wingspan is 185â230 cm (73â91 in) and the weight is 4â5 kg (8.8â11 lbs). In flight it has a slow and rather ponderous look and, unlike some other herons, its legs are not held horizontally. Important habitats are lakes, swamps, mangrove wetlands, with few cool water, sometimes river deltas. Goliath Herons feed on fish, frogs, small mammals and insects. A diurnal and often rather inactive feeder, this heron hunts by standing in the shallows, or on floating vegetation, intently watching the water at its feet. As prey appears, the heron rapidly spears it with open mandibles.