Africa - Herons & Stilts and other water birds

On this page you will find pictures of herons & stilts and other water birds photographed by me in Botswana, Egypt, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, South Africa and Tanzania.

You can scroll down to see all photo's or you can click on the underlined English name in the list (link) to see the respective photo.

  1. Great White Pelican - Roze Pelikaan
  2. White-breasted Cormorant - Witborst Aalscholver
  3. Cape Cormorant - Kaapse Aalscholver
  4. Long-tailed Cormorant - Dwergaalscholver
  5. Black-headed Heron - Zwartkopreiger
  6. Purple Heron - Purperreiger
  7. Black Heron - Zwarte Reiger
  8. Intermediate Egret - Middelste Zilverreiger
  9. Little Egret - Kleine Zilverreiger
  10. Western Reef Heron - Westelijke Rifreiger
  11. Squacco Heron - Ralreiger
  12. Cattle Egret - Koereiger
  13. Striated Heron - Mangrovereiger
  14. Little Bittern - Woudaapje
  15. Hamerkop - Hamerkop
  16. Yellow-Billed Stork - Afrikaanse Nimmerzat
  17. Abdim's Stork - Abdimooievaar
  18. Saddle-billed Stork - Zadelbekooievaar
  19. Marabou Stork - Afikaanse Maraboe
  20. Sacred Ibis - Heilige Ibis
  21. Greater Flamingo - Europese Flamingo
  22. Lesser Flamingo - Kleine Flamingo
  23. Grey Crowned Crane - Grijze Kroonkraanvogel
  24. Blue Crane - Stanley-kraanvogel
  25. White-throated Rail - Witkeelral
  1. Madagascar Wood-rail - Madagaskargrijskeelral
  2. African Jacana - Lelie-loper
  3. Black Oystercatcher - Afrikaanse Zwarte Scholekster
  4. Black-winged Stilt - Steltkluut
  5. Pied Avocet - Kluut
  6. Senegal Thick-knee - Senegaleze Griel
  7. Spotted Thick-knee - Kaapse Griel
  8. Egyptian Plover - Krokodilwachter
  9. Double-banded Courser - Dubbelbandrenvogel
  10. Collared Pratincole - Vorkstaartplevier
  11. Long-toed Lapwing - Langteenkievit
  12. Blacksmith Plover - Smidsplevier
  13. Spur-winged Plover - Sporenkievit
  14. Crowned Lapwing - Diadeemkievit
  15. Kittlitz's Plover - Herdersplevier
  16. Three-banded Plover - Driebandplevier
  17. White-fronted Plover - Vale Strandplevier
  18. Whimbrel - Regenwulp
  19. Common Sandpiper - Oeverloper
  20. Common Greenshank - Groenpootruiter
  21. Marsh Sandpiper - Poelruiter
  22. Wood Sandpiper - Bosruiter
  23. Little Stint - Kleine Strandloper
  24. Curlew Sandpiper - Krombekstrandloper
  25. Ruff - Kemphaan

Great White Pelican
Roze Pelikaan
Cape Area, South Africa
7 November 2005

White-breasted Cormorant
Witborst Aalscholver
Cape Town, South Africa
5 November 2005
Cape Cormorant
Kaapse Aalscholver
Montagu, South Africa
12 November 2005
Long-tailed Cormorant
Dwergaalscholver
Densu Delta, Ghana
27 August 2010
Black-headed Heron
Zwartkopreiger
Serengeti, Tanzania
12 January 2008
Purple Heron
Purperreiger
Mombasa, Kenya
19 January 2008
Black Heron
Zwarte Reiger
Densu Delta, Ghana
27 August 2010
Intermediate Egret
Middelste Zilverreiger
Tendaba, Gambia
19 August 2008
Little Egret
Kleine Zilverreiger
Montagu, South Africa
12 November 2005
Western Reef Heron
Westelijke Rifreiger
Densu Delta, Ghana
27 August 2010
Squacco Heron
Ralreiger
Cairo, Egypt
3 May 2005

 

Cattle Egret
Koereiger
Montagu, South Africa
12 November 2005

 

Striated Heron
Mangrovereiger
Kololi Beach, Gambia
15 August 2008

 

Little Bittern
Woudaapje
Rondevlei, South Africa
7 November 2005

 

Hamerkop
Hamerkop
Madikwe, South Africa
19 November 2005
Yellow-billed Stork
Afrikaanse Nimmerzat
Lake Manyara, Tanzania
11 January 2008
Abdim's Stork
Abdimooievaar
Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
14 January 2008
Saddle-billed Stork
Zadelbekooievaar
Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
14 January2008
Marabou Stork
Afrikaanse Maraboe
Tsavo-West, Kenya
18 January 2008
Sacred Ibis
Heilige Ibis
Cape Area, South Africa
1 November 2005
Greater Flamingo
Europese Flamingo
Cape Area, South Africa
7 November 2005

 

Lesser Flamingo
Kleine Flamingo
Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
14 January 2008
Grey Crowned Crane
Grijze Kroonkraanvogel
Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
14 January 2008
Blue Crane
Stanley-kraanvogel
Montagu Area, South Africa
12 November 2005

 

White-thoated Rail
Witkeelral
Andasibe, Madagascar
12 January 2014
Madagascar Wood-rail
Madagaskargrijskeelral
Perinet Nature Reserve,
Andasibe, Madagascar
11 January 2014
African Jacana
Lelie-loper
Lake Manyara, Tanzania
11 January 2008
Black Oystercatcher
Afrikaanse Zwarte Scholekster
Cape Town, South Africa
5 November 2005

 

Black-winged Stilt
Steltkluut
Rondevlei, South Africa
7 November 2005

The taxonomy of this widely-occurring species is the subject of dispute. Some describe as many as five distinct species; others consider some or all of these to be subspecies. African birds may be a different subspecies, himantopus himantopus meridionalis, from the European group, Himantopus himantopus himantopus (see: RoE)

Pied Avocet
Kluut
Cape Area, South Africa
7 November 2005

 

Senegal Thick-knee
Senegaleze Griel
Kololi, Gambia
15 August 2008
Spotted Thick-knee
Kaapse Griel
Madikwe, South Africa
21 November 2005

 

Egyptian Plover
Krokodilwachter
Bamako Area, Mali
2 March 2010
Double-banded Courser
Dubbelbandrenvogel
Amboseli, Kenya
17 January 2008
Collared Pratincole
Vorkstaartplevier
Bamako Area, Mali
2 March 2010
Long-toed Lapwing
Langteenkievit
Moremi, Botswana
November 2001
Blacksmith Plover
Smidsplevier
Amboseli, Kenya
17 January 2008

 

Spur-winged Plover
Sporenkievit
Amboseli, Kenya
17 January 2008

The Spur-winged Plover (or Lapwing) got its name because of a spur (a small claw) hidden in each of its wings.
The bird is known to sometimes use the wing-claws in an attack on animals who get too close to the birds' exposed offspring, but they are also used during duels with fellow Spur-winged Plovers.

Crowned Lapwing
Diadeemkievit
Tsitsikamma NP, South Africa
15 November 2005
Kittlitz's Plover
Herdersplevier
Amboseli, Kenya
17 January 2008
Three-banded Plover
Driebandplevier
Serengeti, Tanzania
12 January 2008
White-fronted Plover
Vale Strandplevier
West Coast NP, South Africa
1 November 2005

 

Whimbrel
Regenwulp
Densu Delta, Ghana
27 August 2010
Common Sandpiper
Oeverloper
Bamako, Mali
24 February 2010
Common Greenshank
Groenpootruiter
Bamako Area, Mali
2 March 2010
Marsh Sandpiper
Poelruiter
Knysna, South Africa
14 November 2005

 

Wood Sandpiper
Bosruiter
Bamako, Mali
24 February 2010
Little Stint
Kleine Strandloper
Serengeti, Tanzania
12 January 2008

Curlew Sandpiper
Krombekstrandloper
Knysna, South Africa
14 November 2005

Ruff
Kemphaan
Serengeti, Tanzania
12 January 2008
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