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Chobe River, Right Bank


Make Canon EOS 7D
Lens Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM   at 640 mm
Exposure 1/2000 s, f/7, ISO 400 
Image size 800 x 534 pixels

IOC Names

Order  Pelecaniformes   Family  Ardeidae

Deutsch  Glockenreiher Dutch  Zwarte Reiger
Italian  Airone nero Spanish  Garceta Azabache


This heron is well known for having developed the curious mode of fishing, dubbed "umbrella fishing". After taking a few steps in shallow water, the bird spreads its wings and closes them over its head to form a dome. Looking for shade, the fish swim underneath the black canopy, where the bird can strike them with perfect accuracy.


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